Wednesday, April 24

What Great Principals Do Differently

What Great Principals Do Differently
18 Things That Matter Most

Adapted from
"What Great Principals Do Differently (2nd Edition)"
18 Things That Matter Most

by Todd Whitaker
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1. Never forget that it is people, not programs, that determine the quality of a school.

2. Have clarity about who they are, what they do, and how others perceive them.

3. Take responsibility for their own performance and for all aspects of their school.

4. Create a positive atmosphere in their schools. They treat every person with respect. In particular, they understand the power of praise.

5. Consistently filter out the negatives that don't matter and share a positive attitude. 

6.  Deliberately supply a range of strategies to improve teacher performance.

7. Take every opportunity to hire and retain the very best teachers.

8. Understand the dynamics of change.

9. Keep standardized testing in perspective and focus on the real issue of student learning.

10. Know when to focus on behavior before beliefs.

11. Are loyal to their students, to their teachers, and to the school. They expect loyalty to students and the school to take precedence over loyalty to themselves.

12. Ask themselves one central question before making any decision or attempting to bring about any change; What will my best teachers think of this?

13. Continually ask themselves who is most comfortable and who is least comfortable with each decision they make. They treat everyone as if they were good.

14. Understand high achievers, are sensitive to their best teachers' needs, and make the most of this valuable resource.

15. Make it cool to care. They understand that behaviors and beliefs are tied to emotion, and they understand the power of emotion to jump-start change.

16. Work hard to keep their relationships in good repair - to avoid personal hurt and to repair any possible.

17. Take steps to improve or remove negative and ineffective staff members.

18. Establish clear expectations at the start of the year and follow them consistently as the year progresses.

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