How to Tell Your Teachers What You Want Them to Know (In Record Time)

Not enough time. The problem for every principal, particularly at this time of year.  During this season, it’s reasonable for you to be saying that you don’t have enough time for all of the things you want to share with your teachers before school begins.  The truth is, you don’t.  So, what’s next? Many leadersContinue reading “How to Tell Your Teachers What You Want Them to Know (In Record Time)”

Ten Things To Remember As Teachers Return To School

While I was at dinner, I heard someone in the restaurant, obviously a teacher, talking to a friend in line.  I heard her reply, but context leads me to believe it was the question every teacher is hearing now. “Are you about ready for school to start?” The teacher, replied back, “yes, I’m excited toContinue reading “Ten Things To Remember As Teachers Return To School”

Twenty End-of-the-Year Questions To Ask Your Teachers

As has been our theme all week long, we look again at questions, and in this column, questions for… the teachers. Yes, teachers get surveyed a lot.  You may prefer to gather this data in small groups, in meetings, or in a format that leads to more openness and deeper reflection. In concluding the schoolContinue reading “Twenty End-of-the-Year Questions To Ask Your Teachers”

Support Teacher-Leaders with Acknowledgement, Attendance, and Appreciation

As the principal or assistant principal, teacher-leaders are critical for your school’s success.  More than anything, they need your support.  What does that look like?  Here are three things that you can do to effectively support your teacher-leaders. Acknowledgement:   Seems simple, but among the most important ways to support your teacher-leader is to acknowledge their efforts.  IfContinue reading “Support Teacher-Leaders with Acknowledgement, Attendance, and Appreciation”

Learning to Lead: Experience Wanted

Are leaders born or are they taught? Regardless of which side of that argument you come down on, you’ll probably agree that experience can be a great teacher of leadership, whether you have predispositions to lead or not. If that’s true, shouldn’t principals be ever-seeking opportunities for leadership for teachers, students, and staff? Over the past twoContinue reading “Learning to Lead: Experience Wanted”

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