Educational Leadership

Notes

Collaboration

  • Collaborative leadership - when responsibility is shared, ownership and accountability is maximized.

Safety

  • When addressing unsafe situations, first be clear about the district's responsibility of supervising students before/after school. Then it may be appropriate to identify those policies in the school handbook.
  • In response to health related incidents regarding possibly contaminated food - notify cafeteria staff of possible concerns and call parents to show concern.
  • Library renovation overdue and extending to beginning of school year. Parents worry about potential safety hazards and petition principal to delay start of school ~ use multiple methods of communication to keep parents informed on progress and safety procedures in place until project is finished.

Professional Development

Staff self-reflection is an important piece and engaging in critical discussion about one's beliefs, values, and assumptions that influence teaching and learning.

Technology

Impact of technology in the classroom ~ strong teacher leaders (and administrators) to help implement school vision ~ technology is just another tool like a pen or pencil that should enhance learning. If not, don't use it.

School Law

  • Meeting due process requirements ~requires knowledge and understanding that students and staff have the right to: a hearing, timely notice of the hearing, representation at the hearing, a list of charges, and an opportunity to respond to the charges.

School Culture

Best display of leader's awareness to the needs of individuals and groups? Creating and maintaining two-way communication and acting on the needs stated. A principal must be aware of the basic motivations of staff, students, and community, as well as the behavior of individuals within a group and the ways of changing behavior to maximize productivity.