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12-22 year old special needs students

These were great ideas for

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These were great ideas for helping new principals feel apart of our school. However, what do you do when a principal has been sent to your school to make changes and she/he does not take time to stop and smell the roses you might say. It has been a long seven years and our principal has lost the trust of many individuals within our school. She is a great individual but seems to be destroying all that is and could be good.
Thank you for your article. I will refer to it often in case we good through another administration change. I have been through 6 during my professional career.

Secondary Education student in Chicago

Good ideas!

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Looking at it from the other (teacher's) point of view, it would also be reassuring to have an invitation to meet with the principal. Like the teacher inviting the principal to the classroom, it helps to have a signal that your presence is wanted and welcomed, even if you could just make the appointment on your own initiative. At the meeting, discussing the teacher's goals for the students is important, but so is discussing the teacher's goals for learning and growing as an educator. Any good business manager is attuned to helping his/her reports expand their skills and responsibilities; principals should take a similar approach with teachers who report to them.

Great Insight

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As a teacher in a school who has just hired a new principal I found this article a great avenue for friendship with a new administrator. Making a new principal feel comfortable when they arrive is important for overall success of the school. The less nervous a new principal is the easier it is to implement new policies and practices in a school. Using the tips above has made the relationship with my new principal possible. Having a better understanding of what he wants to implement to make our school a better place directly effects how I can educate my students efficiently.

Health Science & Life Skills Middle School teacher from MA

Last year, our new principal

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Last year, our new principal set up 15 min meetings with all of us. I thought that was great! We can offer our support and communicate honestly & respectfully.

Nice Post

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Great ideas for helping the new principal feel welcomed. On the flip side, I have "invited myself" into classrooms, offering safe activities such as reading aloud a book or article to the class and discussing it. I also set up 1/2 hour times twice a year for every one of my teachers to sit down with me and discuss their goals for the year, their past successes and where they need more support. If the invites don't come from some staff, a principal can take the initiative too. Again, excellent points, well said Ben.

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