Principals, APs and other school leaders gathered yesterday at Jekyll Island at the Summer GAEL Conference for our LIVE session to support new principals.
Our topics included discussions on the previous two blogposts found here: Principles for New Principals ( https://principal-matters.com/2018/07/11/guiding-principles-for-new-principals/ ) and This! Not That! (https://principal-matters.com/2018/07/11/this-not-that-twelve-practical-steps-towards-successful-school-leadership/ )
We also heard from three leaders who have accomplished the chief goal of first-year principals: they are now second-year principals! Dr. Susan Stone of Jasper County and Tanya Welchel and John Rhodarmer of Floyd County shared some of the “You Won’t Believe This” moments from their first year in the principalship.
Here’s the reason those stories need to be told: you really don’t get a course in college to prepare you for every circumstance that might come your way. These wonderful folks did well because they were adaptable, nimble and confident.
There’s no instruction booklet to cover all of the possibilities that come your way in school leadership. You are able to do more than survive- you can thrive IF you are able to rely on your experience, your knowledge, and the core of who you are to make good decisions and do the right things.
Who YOU are will determine what your school achieves. The most effective school leaders work on themselves first– not out of selfishness, but out of an understanding that your growth is critical for that of your school’s. That’s why our hope is that you’ll never stop learning, and that you’ll make room for your own growth.
Here’s to a great year of learning! We’ll try to make it convenient for you.
©2018 Mark D. Wilson