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Leadership concepts for Assistant Principals, other school leaders, and those interested in leading others. Follow me on twitter @APInsight
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What’s the secret to time management?

What’s the secret to time management? | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Daniel Goleman says the big challenge for attention is sorting out what’s urgent right now from what’s just a distraction.
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10 Ways for New School Leaders to Use Twitter

10 Ways for New School Leaders to Use Twitter | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
I’m the new guy at our school district, and this is my first administrative role in a school. Let me first say that it is a lot of hard work, but it is also a lot of fun connecting with new teachers, administrators, and an entire community.

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A nice overview of things to get you started using Twitter. Outreach and communication are important connections we make with stakeholders. Here, a new principal shares some easy ways to get going.

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JULIA G. THOMPSON: Overcoming a Negative School Climate

JULIA G. THOMPSON: Overcoming a Negative School Climate | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
JULIA G. THOMPSON: Overcoming a Negative School Climate http://t.co/JwtcNodC1P
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Sometimes we come into a new position excited and positive but are stymied by a negative climate. Or perhaps that climate has developed over time in our current school. Here is some help to move you in the right direction.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 15, 2014 10:21 PM

At the heart of a positive School environment and climate is positive relationships between students and staff. This means staff have to get along and work together, as well. Providing space for teachers to speak safely is an important consideration.

 

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Adjusting Your Management Style for Difficult People

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Adjusting Your Management Style for Difficult People
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Dealing with difficult people is unfortunately part of leadership. In more extreme situations, you may need to have serious discussions about performance expectations and attitude.
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Just as teachers adjust their methods for the various students they encounter, you need to adjust your leadership style for the various people you will encounter as an assistant principal. This article helps you adjust for  the difficult ones. 

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Principals Offer Time Management Tips

Have you mastered the three Ds (Delegate it, Dump it, or Do it)? Could a closed-door policy help you better manage your time?
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10 Tips for Dealing with Difficult People

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Dealing with difficult people
The vast majority of people will do anything to avoid conflict in
both their professional or personal lives.
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We can always use help with this. Some of these tips will keep it professional.

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First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levelsets

First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levelsets | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.
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No matter what leadership job you are new to, this article has good advice for you.

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Administrators: Keep Balance in Your Life!

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A little over a year ago, I published a blog post on ASCD Edge about what I termed the “Administrative Tightrope”.  The post focused on the need for balance, and how it is very easy to get swept up...
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Never Take It Personally...Navigating Difficult People

Never Take It Personally...Navigating Difficult People | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
We have all faced them. Difficult People. Whether they are co-workers, bosses, or clients, our life would not be complete unless we have had to navigate these types of folks at one time or another.
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We all run across them. People who come at us fighting mad. Staff who insist on doing it their way, or who are passive aggressive about change. Here are a few tips on dealing with negative people. 

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Ten Keys to Handling Unreasonable & Difficult People

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10 Strategies for Handling Aggressive or Problem Personalities (http://t.co/KaBhRTvgtS)
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5 Ways You May Be Killing Employee Morale - Management ...

5 Ways You May Be Killing Employee Morale - Management ... | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
In my research on the topic of employee morale much of the focus I've seen is employee driven. By that I mean the attention leans toward what can be done to make the employee happy (perks driven), motivated, etc.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 9, 2014 10:52 AM

The Indira Gandhi quote is a good starting point in the article. I attended a meeting several years ago and each School manager who spoke used ownership terms. For example, they used phrases such as my school, my teachers, my students, etc. which led me to believe this people, almost all males, were killing morale with their lack of leadership.

 

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4 Ideas To Have A Successful First Year as Principal

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I am so intrigued with the number of people that are jumping into principal positions as I think it is truly one of the best jobs in the world.  It is also one of the toughest.  Isolation within a school (even though that is a choice that we now make ourselves) has been kind of a norm in past years, so to have a shared focus as a school is foreign territory for many (including principals).  Yet with a constant focus on “change”, many principals bring people together, but often for the wrong reasons.  If you move to fast, that can often lead to strained relationships within a school and resentment towards the new “leader”.  As much as principals want to make it “our school”, many admin really try to make it “their school”, or at least, that is the picture that they paint to their staff.  Sometimes you need to move slow to go fast.


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As a new assistant principal these tips will help you have a better first year. 

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Learning Guide for Developing Great Principals

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The Learning Guide's online units center on five key practices of effective principals, described in Wallace's The School Principal as Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning: Shaping a vision of academic ...
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From Vicki Petzko, Coordinator of the New Principals Center at NASSP::

This resource is not only useful for superintendents and university preparation programs, but also for NEW principals themselves!  There is a great deal of excellent information here to help you develop the skills and strengths that you will need to be successful.

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Apr. 2014 - Do Principals Have a Life?

Apr. 2014 - Do Principals Have a Life? | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
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It's the time of year when we all wonder if we are able to do anything outside of school. Read this for some tips.

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