When it comes to education reform, my personal opinion (and it's supported by many), is that good leadership can make all the difference. But what does it look like and how can we encourage new leaders and support the development of those attributes in the people who are most passionate about reform?
Recently I read a great piece by one of our bloggers, Rebecca Alber's How to Give Your School Leader a Grade
, and she paints a picture of what success looks like for her. She talks about wanting a school leader who is in touch, who has clear goals, and who knows her stuff. I agree with all of those things, but I wanted to add to her list: Someone who isn't afraid to take chances.
Seems obvious, but so many of the new ideas that could change the way we educate students requires someone to just GO FOR IT. (Check out this Schools That Work package on how social and emotional learning
was implemented district-wide in Kentucky.)
What do you think? What do you want in your education leaders?