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ERIC Number: EJ1174097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
Even Superheroes Need Help
Sussman, Mel
Learning Professional, v39 n1 p32-36 Feb 2018
It is not clear exactly when school leaders first started wearing an "S" on their chests and began defiantly uttering the phrase, "I can do it all myself!" But after days, weeks, months, or even years of racing wildly from task to task, many a superhero principal has come to the stark realization that nothing could be further from the truth. In most cases, principals who try to raise student achievement through their efforts alone find that they are not only physically and mentally exhausted, but that they have also lost the efficacy needed to succeed. What is worse, their students are likely to have fallen further and further behind, largely due to a mindset that is both outdated and misguided. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, principals need a surrounding cast that is willing to not only support their efforts to raise student achievement, but also share the responsibility and accountability for making those efforts happen. Sharing leadership is not a program or a model. Rather, it is a culture that is enabled and sustained through a principal's efforts to create and work with a leadership team focused on the achievement of all students. So how does a principal make shared leadership a reality? This article presents 8 steps that will ensure the success of a leadership team.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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