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ERIC Number: EJ986680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
The Professional Educator: Leading for Learning
Chenoweth, Karin; Theokas, Christina
American Educator, v36 n3 p24-29, 32-33 Fall 2012
This is how Ricci Hall, principal of University Park Campus School in Worcester, Massachusetts, defines the job of principal: "Being a school leader is complicated. More than being about budgets or bottom lines, more than being about evaluations or meeting attendance, being a school leader is about helping to create powerful learning experiences for your staff and faculty and creating the circumstances where teachers can do the same for their kids." This is a far cry from the old model of principal as the person who prevents and manages crises, buffers teachers from parents and school board members, and basically keeps the trains running. It also has little to do with some of the other popular notions of principals, such as the tough baseball-bat-wielding Joe Clark (portrayed in the movie "Lean on Me") or generic "leaders" brought in from other fields. It is, in fact, more like the kind of principal teachers want to work for--someone who has walked in their shoes, knows the challenges, and can offer critical feedback and support for improvement. That does not mean It's Being Done principals make the job of teacher easy--it will never be easy, particularly in schools where many of the students live in poverty--but they support teachers and help them become proficient in their craft. That helps make success possible. So how do they make success possible? Briefly, they: (1) set the vision that all students will be successful; (2) establish a climate and culture of respect; (3) focus their time on instruction; (4) manage the building to support instruction; and (5) monitor and evaluate continually. That's a big job description. In this article, the authors go through the list one by one. (Contains 2 footnotes and 3 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts