The role of the assistant principal is critical to the success of a school. Which makes the fact that we do not have any formal preparation program to help those who step into the role be the most successful version of themselves as an assistant principal. Too often we are not clear with how the assistant principal can best support the whole school. Now, we are blessed with a resource that will help change this.

Author and educator Ryan Donlan joins Anchored in Education this week to discuss his book All Other Duties as Assigned: The Assistant Principal’s Critical Role in Supporting Schools Inside and Out. Ryan uses the highest quality research paired with some of the best practical strategies to create a comprehensive guide for assistant principals. Drawing from his own personal experience as an assistant principal, Ryan discusses best practices in a variety of areas through 10 chapters such as managing time, building a positive school culture and climate, building relationships and capitalizing on teachable moments. 

Dr. Ryan Donlan, Professor in the Indiana State University and Bayh College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership, served for 20 years in K–12 education, most of that time as a Superintendent, as well as a school building leader.  He has served in both traditional and charter schools and school districts. Dr. Donlan has taught for a number of years at the college and university level and provides educational program reviews and trainings for educators.  Currently, he is Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Mensa Research Journal, and has served prior as Acting Associate Dean of the Bayh College of Education and Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning.  Once a frequent skydiver, Dr. Donlan today enjoys more conservative, contemporary pursuits, such as cooking, reading, professional presentations, and camping. He has written/co-written a number of articles and books for professional educators, including Gamesmanship for Teachers: Uncommon Sense is Half the Work and co-written works, The Secret Solution: How One Principal Discovered the Path to Success. Minds Unleashed: How Principals Can Lead the Right Brained Way, and The Hero Maker: How Superintendents Can Get Their Boards to Do the Right Thing, and The School Board Member’s Guidebook: Becoming a Difference Maker in Your District. Dr. Donlan has also recently released All Other Duties as Assigned: The Assistant Principal’s Critical Role in Supporting Schools Inside and Out. You can follow Dr. Donlan on Twitter at www.twitter/ryandonlan, or visit him at www.ryandonlan.comhttps://allotherdutiesasassigned.blogspot.com/, and/or  www.mindsunleashed.net.