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8 lessons for effective school leadership

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Today’s school leaders face a new education landscape, one fraught with challenges and new expectations. Smart leaders are realizing the benefits of applyi

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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This model focuses on the principal as coach-and has some great suggestions for principals as leaders!

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MFaculty's curator insight, August 16, 2014 9:52 AM

As leaders in education wrestle with the dynamic changes in funding, the continued pressures for increased performance, and an ever demanding  need for a quality workforce, they must operate within their means.

 

Shared here are tactics that will assist leaders navigating these challenging times within their workforce. Although focused at school leadership, there are lessons to be learned by leaders across the spectrum   

Michelle Bish's curator insight, August 16, 2014 10:58 AM

I think #5 is important for workforce and students.

Albert Chia's curator insight, August 26, 2014 3:55 AM

Other than an instructional leader, be an institutional leader to be more effective!

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The ABC's of School Crisis Response

A community wide disaster in your district! It's one of those things that's in the "never going to happen to us" category!! But it did happen in the ...
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WE hope you never ever need this...................but be prepared.....

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The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day | Nuts and Bolts for New Principals | Scoop.it
Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question.
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Why Do The Good Ones Leave?

Why Do The Good Ones Leave? | Nuts and Bolts for New Principals | Scoop.it
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more,  you are a leader. - John Quincy Adams How is the organizational culture where you work? How is morale? Depending ...

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The suggestions in this article would pertain to teachers as well as employees in other organizations. teacher turnover is a huge loss and can have a devastating effect on student achievement.  Use this as guidelines.....

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Dear Administrator: Flip Your Meeting?

Dear Administrator: Flip Your Meeting? | Nuts and Bolts for New Principals | Scoop.it
We know active-learning strategies work for students. Why not try them on the faculty?

Via Gino Bondi, Dean J. Fusto, Nancy J. Herr
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 26, 10:28 PM

Excellent ideas for generating fun professional development that teaches skills like social media and #edtech tools.

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7 Skills to Be a More Influential Leader

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There are qualities and skills that we use to help ensure people will listen and be influenced to take action based on our words as well as skills that, when used, encourage people to open up to them and share more readily....


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4 Common Communication Failures (And How to Fix Them) - Business News Daily

4 Common Communication Failures (And How to Fix Them) - Business News Daily | Nuts and Bolts for New Principals | Scoop.it
Despite the numerous ways workers can communicate with each other, the process isn't always smooth. Here's how to fix four common business communication breakdowns.
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The author says..........."If it's really urgent, pick up the phone," he said. "[I follow] the three-email rule: After three messages, we talk."


Read this idea and more--they are simple but  powerful.

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7 Ways School Leaders Can Use Teacher Observations More Effectively

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7 Ways School Leaders Can Use Teacher Observations More Effectively

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Hold Effective Meetings - Tips | Time Management | The Time Doctor

Hold Effective Meetings - Tips | Time Management | The Time Doctor | Nuts and Bolts for New Principals | Scoop.it
We’ve all sat through in-effective meetings that drain both our spirit and time. Discover some tips that will ensure your meetings don't do this to others
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Establishing yourself as an efficient leader of meetings will help you get teachers to willingly serve on committees and task forces. No one wants to waste time, and you need their participation! These are good tips....

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How an Underperforming Georgia School Turned It Around

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In spite of the billions of dollars spent, the standards movement has been at best a partial success and coveted test scores have hardly improved. Meanwhile, it is having catastrophic consequences on student engagement and teacher morale. Politicians often scratch their heads over these problems. Sometimes, they punish schools for not making the grade. Sometimes, they fund remedial programs to get them back on track. But the problems persist and in many ways they're getting worse.


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The 2014 NASSP Principal of the Year is featured here:  she is definitely an inspiration!

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Bob Farrace's curator insight, April 25, 5:23 PM
2013 NASSP Principal of the Year Laurie Barron is featured for her remarkable leadership in changing the culture at Smokey Road Middle School in Newnan, Ga.
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AMLE Associate Membership

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Free associate membership details.
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Not too many things are FREE these days, and  AMLE is an excellent organization for anyone who is interested in middle schools and middle level kids. It is good for teachers as well as school leaders. Pass this on to your staff and enjoy!

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Creating a Visitor Management System - edu Pulse

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Creating a Visitor Management System: 5 steps to fortify your schools’ safety. I @ScholasticAdms
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This is important.......while we all HOPE that 'stranger danger' is just a myth in our own schools, we KNOW it is possible.  

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Synopsis | Moral Leadership: Getting To The Heart Of School Improvement

THE SYNOPSIS OF YOUR FAVORITE BOOK =--- Where to buy this book? ISBN: 9780787902599 Book Synopsis of Moral Leadership: Getting to the Heart of ...
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Sergiovanni is good....again.  

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For Principals, Continuous Learning Critical to Career Success

For Principals, Continuous Learning Critical to Career Success | Nuts and Bolts for New Principals | Scoop.it
The need for more high-quality professional development for school leaders is gaining traction in local districts and with state and federal policymakers.
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3 Ways To Show Balanced Leadership

3 Ways To Show Balanced Leadership | Nuts and Bolts for New Principals | Scoop.it
Here's how to get the balance right in your workplace: show vulnerability, listen carefully, and connect emotionally.

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There are some good insights here..............no better time to think about doing this better NEXT year than right now!

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Take Action Today: School Nurses Strive to Build Positive School Climates | Blog | StopBullying.gov

Take Action Today: School Nurses Strive to Build Positive School Climates | Blog | StopBullying.gov | Nuts and Bolts for New Principals | Scoop.it
In the post below, Carolyn Duff, president of the National Association of School Nurses reflects upon the unique role school-located health professionals play in bullying prevention.
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There is a lot 'out there' on anti-bullying but this article involves a resource (School nurses) that has not often been touched. Read on!

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The Influence Of A Principal's Leadership Style On A School's Climate

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There are some good links here: some of the assessments would be worth doing this summer to help you and your team set goals for 2015-16.

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4 Ideas To Have A Successful First Year as Principal

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#147205418 / gettyimages.com 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 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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Ann S. Michaelsen's curator insight, August 5, 2014 8:36 AM

Principals often want to make a splash with staff and bring in “gurus” to move them ahead, but I truly believe that most schools have everything they need within the building, we just have to find a way to bring it all together.  It is not that you shouldn’t look for outside help ever, as a differing perspective helps sometimes, but you should also balance that with having your own staff deliver professional development as well.  This builds capacity and relationships (see number one) within your building.

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Management vs Leadership. What’s the difference?

It’s the million dollar question with a million possible answers; what’s the difference between leadership and management?

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7 Ways to Go From a Boss to a Leader

7 Ways to Go From a Boss to a Leader | Nuts and Bolts for New Principals | Scoop.it
Guide, don't control your employees -- and admit when you're wrong.
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Good insights here for any principal or AP

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Administrator

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There are so many resources here that you might not know where to begin: that's OK: start anywhere that sounds relevant!

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Using Voxer to Streamline School Communication

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One administrative team describes how they use a voice-messaging app as a tool for day-to-day communication, building relationships, and making meetings more effective.

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Here is a techno-tool that could add a lot for you and your school.  Check it out!

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Six Leadership Skills Not Quite Taught At Harvard Business School

Six Leadership Skills Not Quite Taught At Harvard Business School | Nuts and Bolts for New Principals | Scoop.it
Harvard teaches leadership but if you want to learn what works best in running a startup, use six principles from this alumna

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This looks like it would work as well for a "start up principal' as it does for a start up business!  Good advice here..........

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, April 25, 3:25 PM

Excellent insight worthy of your consideration!

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Building productive coaching relationships: The role of school leaders

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With the advent of the Common Core State Standards for mathematics, more educational leaders, including teachers, administrators and policymakers, are real
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Administrators: How to Get Out of the Office and Into Classrooms

Administrators: How to Get Out of the Office and Into Classrooms | Nuts and Bolts for New Principals | Scoop.it
As an administrator, I think about the most enjoyable times I have had at school. Frankly, none of them include sitting in my office doing paperwork, disciplining, or attending meetings. The most enjoyable and productive times I have experienced are when I have been in the classroom observing teachers and interacting with students and teachers.

Via Patti Kinney, The Rice Process
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7 Tips for Leading Meetings More Effectively

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Why do meetings have such a bad rap? Because too many of them are poorly organized, overly long, and rudderless--drifting this way and that according to the moods of the dominant personalities in the room.
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