Leadership Qualities

The Departure of the ‘Turnaround Principal’

Summary:  This article tells the story of Newark’s Shabazz High School where a “turnaround” principal left the school after changing the culture at the school.  Fortunately for Shabazz, his replacement won over students and faculty by showing how much he cares for everyone in the school. Source: Nick Chiles, The Atlantic, June 17, 2016 Categories:  …

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Prioritizing Principal PD

Summary:  This article speaks to the importance of providing more professional development for principals and administrators in order to properly prepare them for the new teacher observation and evaluation systems.  Traditionally, PD for principals have been more in the area of management and there needs to be a shift to help principals effectively supervise and …

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Texas KIPP principal details 3 MBA benefits for school leaders

Summary:  This article draws parallels between the educational and business environment and suggests that having an MBA could help school leaders be flexible to changing environments, focus on group dynamics, and use money wisely. Source:  Kate Schimel, Education DIVE, September 15, 2015 Category:  Leadership Qualities Description: In many ways, Gillian Quinn-Pineda took a typical route …

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Great School Culture: It Starts With the Principal

Summary:  This article speaks to the importance of the principal’s leadership in determining the culture and climate of the school.  The writer uses an example of the opening day meeting at her school to show what her principal does to support and recognize teachers while improving school culture. Source:  Phyllis Hoffman. Education Week, August 23, …

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The Seven Characteristics of a Good Leader

Summary:  This blog, by Maurice Elias, lists seven characteristics of a good leader.  This is based on the work of Sargent Shriver, a preeminent leader in American society. Source:  Maurice Elias, Edutopia, updated January 4, 2014 Categories: Leadership Qualities, SEL Basics Description: How can we determine not only who is a competent leader, but a …

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School Leadership: Resource Roundup

Summary: For principals and other school administrators, this list of videos, blogs, and articles includes advice and tips on effective leadership strategies, partnering with teachers, and cultivating and retaining strong leaders. Source:  Edutopia Team, Updated June 1, 2015 Categories:  Leadership Qualities, Professional Development, Teacher Leadership Description: This listing includes a myriad of resources pertaining to …

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Impact of the Principal on School Culture and Climate

Summary:  Interviews of teachers from Caldwell Early College High School about the impact of the principal on the climate and culture of a school. Source:  YouTube http://youtu.be/GwZeJYe2WrA Categories: Leadership Qualities, School Culture and Climate Description: This video was created by students who interviewed their teachers on the role of their principal on school culture and …

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Teachers and Leaders: Avoid Closed Questions

Summary:  Empowering others to be independent and reflective is a route to establishing and maintaining an environment in which there are others who will take responsibility by becoming more solution and idea focused.  Who wouldn’t want that… only those who like the heavy yoke of having the answers and being the decision maker. Source:  Jill …

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