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What Makes a Great Principal
Transcript of What Makes a Great Principal
Step 2: Get a Teaching Certificate
Step 3: Gain Work Experience (minimum of 3 years)
Step 4: Complete a Graduate Degree
Step 5: Obtain a Specialist License
. Duties Becoming a school principal requires passion for higher education and strong leadership skills.
Serve as the leaders and supervisors of schools.
Manage and assist teachers and all other staff.
Oversee the staff's professional development, the school budget, student disciplinary matters
Interact with the public as a representative of their school. Joel Klein Leader of the New York City Department of Education, the larget public school system in the United States, serving more than 1.1 million students in more than 1,600 schools. Qualities 1. Set High Expectations/Build a Community of Success
2. Recruit, Empower, and Support Great Teachers
3. Know the Instructional Mission
4. Involve the Community
5. Make Unpopular Decisions Make Unpopular Decisions Continued.... Principals must also understand what test score and other data say about their students' learning and use the information to help teachers set goals and improve instruction, ultimately improving the school. Recruit, Empower, and Support What Makes a Great Principal, in
Schools With the Greatest Needs? Know Instructional Mission One of the principal's most important roles is ensuring that every student is taught by an excellent teacher.
Speaking with from Welcome Elementary School, she said in hiring teachers for a Title I schools she often looks for high energy, dedication, and Title I experience
Principals must also support and develop the teachers they have. Much of a principal's time should be spent in classrooms observing teachers complimenting their strengths, and offering specific suggestions for improvement. They should provide time to plan with other teachers and keep good teachers professionally satisfied by showing them that their efforts are valued and supported by the principal and other teachers. Research shows that principal leadership is a key factor in a teacher's decision to stay at a particular school
The average turnover for all teachers is 17% and in urban school districts specifically 20%
the "revolving door"
30% of teachers left in 2003-04 because of retirement, but 56% left citing job dissatisfaction and a desire to find an entirely new career
the National Center for Education spent two years polling up statistics that outlined a series of reason why that group is swelling, based on interview with more than 7,000 current and former teachers. Several reasons include:
Too Little Support: There's Your Classroom, Best of Luck
Lack of Influence and Respect: Educators Should Be Seen and Not Heard
Student Discipline: They're Your Problem Did You Know? Great principals will do the hard, dissatisfying work associated with addressing and removing ineffective staff, changing the curriculum, and enforcing rules amongst the students as well as teachers. This requires addressing problems head on with a positive attitude. A great principal understands, that the decisions he/she makes is what's best for the school as a whole. He/she understands in order to effectively manage an entire school often decisions that are made will not be the most popular. Great principals build a vision, establish a shared leadership model, and leading a learning community, using data, and monitoring curriculum.
Principals understand the strengths and needs of their students and they know what is happening in the classrooms at their schools. These principals play an active role in planning and supporting instruction that is appropriate for their students, and they ensure that school time and resources are focused on student achievement. Involve the Community A great principal is able to communicate effectively to the parents of the students in order to make them feel respected. As well as involve the community in fund raising opportunities and the mission of the school. A Closer Glance The Principal Story tells two stories, painting a dramatic portrait of the challenges facing America's public schools and of the great difference a dedicated principal can make. Tresa Dunbar is a second-year principal at Chicago's Nash Elementary, where 98% of students come from low-income families; in Springfield, Illinois, Kerry Purcell has led Harvard Park Elementary, with similar demographics, for six years. Each principal was followed with camera for an entire school year. More than just a Job Work Cited: http://education-portal.com/how_to_become_a_school_principal.html