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Stop The Compliments and Show Me Some Gratitude

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The deal closed after months and months of negotiations. Everyone was exhausted and beyond relieved. It would not only bring in a large amount of revenue in the business, but it would prevent any more layoffs. As everyone walked out of the room, he yelled out, “Great Job, job well done! Could not
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How we express appreciation is  as important as giving it.  Celebrating success with your staff takes on new meaning when it is personalized. 

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It takes little time for teachers and students to figure out whether the praise is just empty words or has real meaning.

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How Successful People Say "No"

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Saying "No" is important. If it wasn't, the 'yes-man' would not be part of office folklore and ridicule. But some people have a really hard time saying it. And for good reason.
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As an assistant principal, you will be asked to do many things, support many things, and take care of many things. Sometimes it is important to know how to say no. 

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10 Principles of Effective and Authentic Leadership

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There is a great amount of definitions and theories about effective leadership. Each leader chooses their unique formula of success, but still there are keys to authentic leadership that can't be ignored. Here are 10 important principles each leader ...

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A list of leadership characteristics that includes some unusually exceptional examples. 

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HOW principals spend instructional leadership time makes a difference

School administrators universally understand that to be successful, they must be "instructional leaders." This means attending to the professional growth and development of teachers so that teachers may, in turn, have a more significant impact on student learning outcomes.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 21, 2013 10:08 AM

The findings make sense. A caveat to the time spent mentoring teachers is we need to return to the thinking that created the role of the "principal teacher." We have move away from that.

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Instructional Leadership Is About Quality Time, Not Quantity

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Amid the more than 14,500 researchers and educators at the American Educational Research Association conference, a more nuanced view of school leadership is coming into focus.

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Kryptonite: The Thing That Weakens Leadership

Kryptonite: The Thing That Weakens Leadership | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

"Kryptonite is mythical material from Krypton that drains Superman of his superpowers. Kryptonite of leadership: The belief that self-evaluation trumps the evaluation of those directly impacted by your leadership weakens your effectiveness. What you think of your leadership isn’t as important as what others think."


Via Allan Shaw, Dean J. Fusto
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It is vital to get feedback from those you lead if you want a true assessment. Just because you are working hard and putting in a lot of time doesn't mean you are being effective. 

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, August 21, 3:07 PM

John Hattie's analyses of research into learning effects also shows that feedback is one of the greatest contributors to improvement. As in teaching and learning, so in leadership. Work to give quality feedback but more importantly, work even harder to receive quality feedback.

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Does Your Leadership Mindset Create Success?

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Your leadership mindset influences all that you say and do. What's your default: filling holes or building mountains? (Does Your Leadership Mindset Create Success?
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Your leadership style affects the climate in your building. Is yor mindset focusing on the positive? If not, you may be missing what's needed for success. 

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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.

Via NASSP Community of New Principals
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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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As a new principal it is important that you get to know your teachers and your staff as soon as possible. Great leaders are able to adjust to the needs (or demands) of each person with whom they work. This article gives excellent advice on how you will need to adjust your own style to best work with some specific types of difficult people.  

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The Unexpected Trait That Moves Leaders From Good to Great

Several studies reveal that highly successful leaders share this rarely remarked-upon attribute. Do you have it?
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Another bid for the less showy, less verbose leader. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 12, 6:03 PM

The power of being humble stands in stark opposition to some of the narcissism we see revealed in our managers.

 

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Parents feel left behind by the accelerating pace of technology

Parents feel left behind by the accelerating pace of technology | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
They also wish that schools would make more effort with tech homework assignments that could include parents, and bring them and kids together in...

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Dean J. Fusto, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Ivon Prefontaine
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One of our biggest goals and challenges is excellent communication with and engagement of parents. Let's not leave them behind!

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, August 7, 12:54 PM

No need to feel that you are being left behind. Get down to your library and we can explain it all. @SLS Guernseyeven runs courses for you to learn how to keep up. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 8, 6:50 PM

The pace of digital technology change is such that everyone is being left behind. It is important to develop skills which allow adaptation rather than mastery. The object is not to understand one type of digital technology, but to have skills that allow us to move from one to another as they emerge and work together.

 

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Leaders Can Change the Mood and Raise Morale

Leaders Can Change the Mood and Raise Morale | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Holding the balance between the things that need to be done and the attitude with which they are accomplished is our work. Leaders are the models. And while we cannot control the things that come at us, we do have control over how we feel and react.

Via Dr. Gordon Dahlby
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Excellent article about how you can affect  teachers and students from day 1. 

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Teacher morale has an influence on student achievement.  As a new principal, you need to be sure you have the pulse of the morale builders and killers in your building, and do all that you can to raise morale and sustain it at a high level.  Change is difficult, and teachers fear failure. As an instructional leader you  will bring in new ideas, so  be sure you are addressing the emotional needs of teachers in the process.

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Explaining the Common Core for Parents and Teachers

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Helpful chart to guide your communication of Common Core standards. 

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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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NASSP Community of New Principals's curator insight, August 3, 8:08 PM

Great advice to follow; empowers others as well as helps you to gain trust and accomplish your priorities as a new principal.

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3 TED Talks That Might Actually Change How You Teach (And Think) - Edudemic

3 TED Talks That Might Actually Change How You Teach (And Think) - Edudemic | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
How do you conduct yourself in your classroom? As a leader, a learner, an observer, a participant, and a member of a larger group. All of these roles hold so much nuance that your students learn from. It is sometimes easy to forget how much our students are learning from us just by being with …
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of particular interest is the topic " What Makes A Great Leader" 

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Twenty Invaluable Tweets on Leadership - Forbes

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Twenty Invaluable Tweets on Leadership Forbes This week I had the opportunity to attend my first Intuit Leadership Conference, a gathering of the top leaders across the 8000+ person public company that provides TurboTax, QuickBooks, Quicken, Mint...
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sometimes you need to inspire your team. Sometimes you need inspiration yourself. Here are some tweets by other leaders to help you. 

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The Importance Of Perspective-Taking In Leadership

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Whether you’re selling a product, pitching an idea, or trying to get employees to do something different or do something in a different way, perspective-taking has become an essential element in moving others.


Over the last decade, social scientists like Adam Galinsky of Columbia University have deepened our understanding of perspective-taking. Their work yields three ways leaders can become more effective.


1. CHECK YOUR POWER. Galinsky and others have found that when people feel powerful, their perspective-taking abilities degrade. The more powerful we feel, the more we anchor in our own perspective rather than adjusting to another’s. And that can make others less likely to go along. But briefly reducing one’s feelings of power (“Maybe this employee I’m asking to do something needs our company much less than our company needs her.”) can increase the acuity of our perspective-taking, which in turn can make us more effective.


2. PERSPECTIVE-TAKING ISN’T TOUCHY-FEELY. Perspective-taking sounds a lot like empathy, but the two qualities are siblings, not identical twins. Empathy — the ability to understand another’s emotional state — is an essential human quality. But research has shown that, in commercial settings such as negotiations, understanding the other side’s thoughts and interests, not simply their emotions and feelings, can be more effective in forging a deal. So if you’re in a high-stakes leadership situation, definitely be emotionally intelligent. But use your head as much as your heart.


3. DON’T FORGET MIMICRY. Mimicking others’ posture, gesture, and expressions sounds like the sleazy tactics of a used car salesman. But ample research has shown that mimicry is a natural part of human behavior, an instinctive way we understand others. You can enhance your attunement skills, and thereby your leadership, simply by being conscious of how the other person is standing, moving, and talking and ever so slightly mirroring what they’re doing.


By Daniel Pink. 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, John E Smith, Dean J. Fusto
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Succinct and helpful ideas to think about for any leader. 

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Chris Brown's curator insight, August 6, 11:05 AM

Before you link to this article, try this experiment:


First, with the hand you use for writing, snap your fingers five times quickly. Now, with the forefinger of that hand, on your forehead draw a capital E. Believe it or not, how you drew that letter might reveal how you act as a leader.


This article by Daniel Pink provides some good insight on the importance of perspectives in leadership.  The three suggestions that will help you be more effective can be summed up in checking your power, head & heart, and mirror.

Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 7, 9:39 AM

There's no doubt that leaders who fully appreciate their organization's  and their followers perspectives will be much more effective. It is after all, what defines their job. 

David Jardin's curator insight, August 16, 9:40 AM

Perspective enhances relationships when it lets us see past WHAT someone did to help/anger/hurt/etc. to understand WHY they did it.

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Do principals' classroom visits help student learning?

Do principals' classroom visits help student learning? | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

Principals say “instructional leadership” is important, but what does that mean? Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham praises a new study that recorded how 100 principals spent their time during the school day.  Principals averaged 12.6 percent of their time on activities related to instruction, including classroom walkthroughs (5.4 percent) and formal teacher evaluation (2.4 percent).


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 24, 7:45 PM

In a word the answer is no in my experience. I did not want to be visited by people who spent little time teaching and did not want to be teachers themselves. It is counterproductive.

 

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Help! My Principal Says He's An Instructional Leader!

Help! My Principal Says He's An Instructional Leader! | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
When a school leader announces they are an instructional leader, what does that mean...and should teachers hide as quickly as possible?

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, August 24, 9:33 AM

"It's easy to get caught up in the numbers. Principals, new or old, read the effect size literature and note that instructional leadership can have an impact on student growth, so they begin walking into classrooms all the time. Without the proper mindset, knowledge of instruction, and prep work done with staff; leaders are in jeopardy of using the right term (instructional leadership) while doing it the wrong way.

And teachers and students are the ones on the receiving end of the out of control swinging pendulum."

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Back-to-School Resources for Parents

Back-to-School Resources for Parents | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Find resources to help children begin school with a positive mindset, support their transition into a new school year, and prepare them for fall learning.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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You can share these resources with parents over time. They would be great for your communications: Print, blog, twitter, etc.

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7 Massive Mistakes New Managers Make and How to Avoid Them

7 Massive Mistakes New Managers Make and How to Avoid Them | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
You have just been promoted…. Congratulations! While this is an exciting time for you, have you stopped to consider the mistakes new managers make...
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Some great tips for anyone new to a leadership role. These ideas consist mainly of getting to know those around you before charging ahead. Remember, even if you worked in the same building before, you are now the new kid on the block. 

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7 Things to Remind Yourself When Interacting With Difficult People

7 Things to Remind Yourself When Interacting With Difficult People | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

We all have to interact with difficult people throughout the day.

It’s an unavoidable fact of our social world – there are going to be people out there who we don’t like, can’t stand being around, and who may even infuriate and enrage us.

These are never pleasant experiences, but we have to learn to deal with them nonetheless.

Often these types of people can create a lot of unnecessary stress and anxiety in our lives. Their negative thoughts and emotions become contagious and we can’t help but let them spill over into our own mental state.

However, with the right attitude we can try to minimize the negative influence that difficult people can have on us.

Here are important ideas I try to remind myself whenever I’m interacting with a difficult person. Keeping these things in mind can help make you more calm and understanding regardless of who you’re talking to.

 

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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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NASSP Community of New Principals's curator insight, August 6, 7:48 PM

As a new principal, you have to be focused on improving employee morale or sustaining and building high morale if you are lucky enough to 'inherit' it.  Don't start out by killing it with poor collaboration or lack of listening. This short article makes some great points!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 9, 7:52 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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Word to the Wise: 10 Tips for First-Year Principals

Word to the Wise: 10 Tips for First-Year Principals | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
By the time they step into the position, most principals have already spent years—even decades—in the classroom as teachers. This experience certainly comes in handy, but rarely is it enough…
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 24, 7:14 PM

The point about principals seeming to forget about their classroom experiences is what I saw with many principals, first year and beyond, particularly towards the end of my teaching. It coincided with their desire to create an imprint of a few of their favourite things i.e. digital technologies, 7 Habits, organize complementary courses, etc.

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Similarities between successful teaching, professional development, and leadership

Similarities between successful teaching, professional development, and leadership | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
  “Big Idea”: The practices of successful teaching, successful professional development, and successful leadership are remarkably similar. In my view, a common set of principles regarding huma...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 6, 4:26 AM

A key takeaway is that leading, learning, and teaching are closely linked. Peter Vaill proposed that learning and leading are inseparable. Teaching is about learning and makes them inseparable. The three are more than linked. They overlap in ways that we cannot separate them and do them separately.

 

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4 Ideas To Have A Successful First Year as Principal

4 Ideas To Have A Successful First Year as Principal | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

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.


Via Patti Kinney, NASSP Community of New Principals
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As a new assistant principal these tips will help you have a better first year. 

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NASSP Community of New Principals's curator insight, August 6, 8:43 PM

Relationships first.and three more excellent ideas. Written for NEW principals, this is a 'must read'!

NASSP Community of New Principals's curator insight, August 6, 8:45 PM

Relationships are the top priority, followed by 3 other great ideas. Written for 'new principals', this is a must read!

NASSP Community of New Principals's curator insight, August 6, 8:46 PM

Being a strong instructional leader is just one of the great ideas here; written for 'new principals', this is a must read!

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Here's a set of skills critical to leaders throughout their career!

Here's a set of skills critical to leaders throughout their career! | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Fail to develop these at your peril.


The top seven skills were mentioned twice as often as the bottom nine skills!


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Tis is a ranking of what were determined the most important leadership skills to have. 

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, August 4, 9:14 AM

Keep in mind that these skills are overt manifestations of internal beliefs and mindsets.

NASSP Community of New Principals's curator insight, August 10, 6:19 PM

How do you measure up on these leadership skills?  Notice that the top 7 are all about relationships, not instruction, content, Common Core. Those follow quickly, but must be grounded by a solid and respected ability to build relationships and work collaboratively with others.