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ERIC Number: EJ766994
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Playing Every Position
Orr, Kim
Principal Leadership, v6 n4 p29-31 Dec 2005
When a new principal was hired at Gallup Junior High School in northwest New Mexico, he saw redesigning the administrative team as an important opportunity to develop leadership skills in his assistants and groom them for eventual advancement. His changes also provide cross training, so no single individual controls an essential function of the school. Finally, his plan gives him a chance to meet with students; get out into the classrooms; and perform all his old duties, such as meeting with parents, managing the budget, and developing community partnerships. Gallup has four major functions that tie up most of the administrators' time: discipline; IEPs and similar meetings; teacher supervision; and walk-ins to the office by students, parents, and teachers. Rather than having each administrator attempt to schedule their week to fit in all of these functions, the principal created a rotating system. The system changes administrators' roles on a weekly basis and gives all administrators diverse experience. Each administrator spends a week on discipline, followed by office issues, special education, and classroom visits. The system has allowed a new administrator to get a well-rounded experience and kept experienced principals from burning out.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Junior High Schools
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico