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Are You Ready to Lead? 7 Important Questions to Ask Yourself

Are You Ready to Lead? 7 Important Questions to Ask Yourself | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Let’s face it, there are too many people in leadership and management roles who aren't effective and some are just plain inept. And because most people leave managers not companies, AND with workpl...

Via Anne Leong, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Dean J. Fusto
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This is a timely article that you should spend some time thinking about as you prepare for the new school year-- whether you are a new or returning assistant principal or other leader.

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, August 2, 7:14 AM

Great questions to ask yourself about leading...

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, August 6, 4:03 AM

Good points- one needs to recognize the need for developing people, delegating stuff and managing results as well as relationships if one truly wants to be an effective leader.

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This Week In Education: Thompson: Value-Added True Believers Should Listen to Principals

This Week In Education: Thompson: Value-Added True Believers Should Listen to Principals | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Sadly, a new Gates-funded study, "Principal Use of Teacher Effectiveness Measures for Talent Management Decisions," provides an ideal metaphor for what is wrong with value-added evaluations, in particular, and corporate school reform, in general. I do not question the quality of work of its authors - Ellen Goldring, Christine M. Neumerski, Mollie Rubin, Marisa Cannata, Timothy Drake, Jason A. Grissom and Patrick Schuermann, or its findings. The problem is that the report seems to assume that principals who do not agree with the Gates Foundation are incorrect and need retraining; it doesn't consider the possibility that value-added models aren't appropriate for teacher evaluations. Goldring et. al found that 84% of the principals they interviewed believed teacher-observation data to be valid "to a large extent" for assessing teacher quality, but only 56% viewed student achievement or growth data to be equally valid. The study acknowledged that value added is perceived to have “many shortcomings.” Principals have doubts whether the data will hold up to official grievance processes. Principals also perceive that teachers have little trust in teacher effectiveness data. Education Week’s Denisa Superville reports that value added expert Douglas Harris echoes the findings, “the results confirmed feedback he had received from...
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 17, 10:44 PM

Test results are simply the outputs based on abstract input ideas in curricula-as-plans. They assume that teachers control learning. What teaching is about is complex conversations with students inviting the latter into their learning. It is risky and can be refused, but teaching is not about guaranteeing learning. It is about caring enough to invite students into their learning again and again.

 

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JULIA G. THOMPSON: Overcoming a Negative School Climate

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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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NASSP Community of New Principals's curator insight, September 14, 11:12 PM

There are great insights here on what you can do if the school climate is negative when you arrive.  It happens, and is a huge first challenge for a new principal.  There are some good resources noted as well.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 15, 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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Principals Aren't Tapping Teacher-Effectiveness Data, Says Study

Principals Aren't Tapping Teacher-Effectiveness Data, Says Study | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Researchers say many principals are not tapping into the data generated by new teacher-evaluation systems around the country.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, September 10, 6:39 PM
Study Finds Principals Not Utilizing Teacher-Effectiveness Data.

The Education Week (9/10, Superville) reports Vanderbilt University findings from six national urban school districts and two charter-management organizations showed that many principals had yet to act on effectiveness data from teacher-evaluation systems in 2012-13; those who did utilized classroom-observation data (viewed by 84% of principals as valid) rather than test scores (56%) or parent, student, and teacher surveys (14%). With many teachers failing to use data due to issues with the timing of data availability, limited understanding, or insufficient training, the researchers recommend districts clarify intended use and better train principals.

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7 Challenges Courageous Leaders Overcome

In the face of overwhelming odds or critical failures, it's easy to lose sight of your aspirations, but the charismatic leaders we admire throughout history don't give in to that temptation. They work to overcome any challenge.

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If you are experiencing doubt about your effectiveness or have had a setback, these stories of overcoming the odds to become a great leader will inspire you and perhaps give you the incentive to push on.

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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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NASSP Community of New Principals's curator insight, September 8, 12:47 AM

There is some great advice here;  you need to know how to deal with these folks so you an continue to build relationships with all of the others (as well as the difficult ones, as soon as they will allow that).  

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Personalization in Schools | Students at the Center

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RT @JFFtweets: Low expectations from teachers can hamper teacher-student relationships & thus student engagement http://t.co/819H5KuV #SCL #edreform...


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Is There Research That Shows the Effectiveness of Professional Learning Communities?

Professional learning communities (PLCs) are being implemented in schools across the nation to create collaborative school cultures focused on collect...

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Doug Abend's curator insight, February 27, 2013 10:16 PM

Review of the literature and research surrounding the effectiveness of PLCs. Excellent reading!

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The Dos and Don'ts of Classroom Management: Your 25 Best Tips

The Dos and Don'ts of Classroom Management: Your 25 Best Tips | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

"Classroom management is a delicate balancing act often learned through experience and trial-and-error experimentation. Whether you're a new or experienced teacher, having strategies for effective classroom management is essential for creating positive, successful learning spaces (and staying sane!). In this guide you’ll find 25 tips for managing your classroom. You can view the presentation here:


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There is always room to grow in the skill of classroom management. Here are some things you may not have thought about.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, September 5, 2:40 PM

Great Comment:



Posted 8/26/2014 11:09am
Brian Sztabnik
AP Literature teacher from Miller Place, NY
BLOGGER 2014


"I coach basketball, and in many sports you hear the axiom that a good defense can be a team's best offense. I love how this slide show reflects that. The best classroom management does not result from handling infractions, its is about creating a culture in which infractions do not occur. For example, "get students engaged and involved the lesson to prevent disruptions" is a great strategy. It reinforces what my first principal told me, which was, the best classroom management tool is interesting and engaging lesson."

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10 Things You Can Do to Feel Less Overwhelmed -

10 Things You Can Do to Feel Less Overwhelmed - | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Danny Baker is very familiar with the feeling of being overwhelmed, but he has found these specific actions help to conquer that.
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It happens to us all. We feel trapped by so many tasks that we don't know where to start or even get into a rut of not accomplishing anything. These tips will help get you feeling better about your work load and get you back on track. 

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The Seven Step Method to Better Meetings

The Seven Step Method to Better Meetings | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
The best way to get people contributing is to let them all share their ideas, as long as it's on paper.
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we are all pressed for time. Here's a method to keep brainstorming sessions on track while generating many ideas. 

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Twenty Invaluable Tweets on Leadership - Forbes

Twenty Invaluable Tweets on Leadership - Forbes | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
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

The Importance Of Perspective-Taking In Leadership | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

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, 2:05 PM

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, 12:39 PM

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, 12:40 PM

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, 10:45 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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Why Quality Professional Development for Teachers Matters

Why Quality Professional Development for Teachers Matters | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Providing high-quality professional development for teachers may be the most important thing schools can do to improve students learning.
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Having great teachers is only the first step toward student achievement. Keeping them current and enthusiastic is too often lost in the press of other demands. 

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Adding the Grit Scale to School Data

Adding the Grit Scale to School Data | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
By adding Angela Duckworth's 12-item grit scale to the standard assessments, one school is investigating the possibility of measuring and teaching its students grit.
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A 10 minute survey can give you lots of information about individual students. This is what personalization is about. 

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Good Professional Development: It's not only about the 'how' but about the follow-up

Good Professional Development: It's not only about the 'how' but about the follow-up | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Imagine if we taught pilots to fly without ever letting them in a cockpit. Or gave them the keys to a commercial airplane without the required hours—or years—of hands on training and practice. Sure, we’d show them plenty of PowerPoint presentations and make them sit through a few seminars on the theory and physics of …

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This is a point I always pushed when involved with teacher training. How many things did you totally " get" the first time you did them?

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, September 11, 3:38 PM

80% of the success of any professional development depends on what we do to follow-up after the sessions. 'Spray and pray' PD never worked because there was no follow-up component. Smaller chunks with follow-up and feedback will work.

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, September 12, 4:19 PM

Absolutely!  Professional learning in buildings with effective instructional coaches has the highest transfer to practice.  It's that ongoing, sustained pd. @AL Reading Initiative

Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, September 12, 11:44 PM

Follow up is a critical component of professional development and something that is so often overlooked and usually ignored. 

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Why Good Professional Development Is Like Learning How To Fly

Why Good Professional Development Is Like Learning How To Fly | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

Imagine if we taught pilots to fly without ever letting them in a cockpit. Or gave them the keys to a commercial airplane without the required hours—or years—of hands on training and practice. Sure, we’d show them plenty of PowerPoint presentations and make them sit through a few seminars on the theory and physics of flight, but then we’d slap on a graduation cap and let them take off into the big blue sky. Not only would it likely be ineffective, it would be borderline criminal. Yet when it comes to professional development for classroom teachers, that’s almost exactly what we do.


Via Patti Kinney, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Ivon Prefontaine
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 10, 10:50 AM
In this article, learning and training are somehow interchangeable. Learning is a human process which involves imagining what the meaning is in what is being learned. Training is a checklist process used in industrial settings where we go through the prescribed steps. The two are not the same thing, Having said this, good learning should help us fly and take off in new and adventurous ways. @ivon_ehd1
Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, September 10, 4:25 PM

PD is vital for teacher growth and sustainability yet it is often undervalued and often is not focused on what individual teachers need but, instead, on generic ideas and concepts or on "feel good" presentations about topics that are nebulous and non-specific like using technology or implementing reading programs. A shift is needed to move PD towards a growth mindset that focuses on how individual teachers can improve their teaching by beginning where they are as a teacher and sharing their ideas and growth with other teachers. It's not about presentations, even by "real teachers in real classrooms" but about change for individual teachers through support and collaboration of other teachers who also have a growth mindset. 

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10 Themes of Servant #Leadership.

10 Themes of Servant #Leadership. | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

Via ICTPHMS, Suvi Salo, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Ricard Lloria, Dean J. Fusto
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A nice chart and reminder that as leaders, particularly school leaders, we serve others. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 9, 1:28 PM

Servant-leadership is challenging. The infographic poses questions around the original 10 themes based on Robert Greenleaf's work. Teaching, by its nature, should lend itself to each of the themes.

 

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In Hot Pursuit of the Wrong Question | AllThingsPLC

In Hot Pursuit of the Wrong Question | AllThingsPLC | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Find the latest research, articles, tools and other education resources for building a PLC � professional learning community. Collaborate with teachers and administrators on our frequently updated blog, written by PLC and education professionals.

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Educational Leadership:What Is a Professional Learning Community?

Educational Leadership:What Is a Professional Learning Community? | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

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The Best Leaders Are Insatiable Learners

The Best Leaders Are Insatiable Learners | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
You have no excuse for being bored.

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Principals are the key to school success

Principals are the key to school success | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
As we go back to school this fall, parents will naturally be fretting about teachers—mainly, did their kids get the best ones? But what if, in the interest of educational improvement, we paused to examine the role of one person who rarely gets talked about, but who just might be...
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Principals and assistant principals are key figures In school reform.  They influence what happens in a school even more than teachers do. It is their vision and follow through that carries a school and it's students to reach higher goals. 

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How Successful People Say "No"

How Successful People Say "No" | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
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

10 Principles of Effective and Authentic Leadership | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
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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Jacob M Engel's curator insight, September 2, 4:45 AM
Easy to read tough to follow!
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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 1:08 PM

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.