Book Review

Learning to Lead: Ten Stories for Principals

by Michael Chirichello and Nancy Richmond, Rowman & Littlefield Education, Lanham, Md., 2007, 176 pp., $65 hardcover, $29.95 softcover

The 10 essays that make up Learning to Lead: Ten Stories for Principals incorporate concepts and information from children’s books focusing on various aspects of leadership. Using their combined 64 years as principals, Michael Chirichello and Nancy Richmond provide readers with valuable information and suggestions to be applied immediately.

Chirichello, a professor at William Paterson University, and Richmond, project director of the Principal in Training program at the New Jersey Principals Association, share lessons school leaders learn on their journey to become top-notch administrators.

The Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards for School Leaders are included in each chapter’s discussion. One standard is referenced per chapter, along with a case study and a toolbox of ideas for future use. The authors’ writing style makes the book easy to read and reflects their practical messages about leadership.

Learning to Lead: Ten Stories for Principals is an excellent resource for experienced principals, new principals just embarking on their administrative careers and college professors who prepare future principals.

Reviewed by George E. Pawlas, professor of educational leadership, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.