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School Leadership: Resource Roundup
For principals and other school administrators, this list of videos, blogs, and articles includes advice and tips on effective leadership strategies, partnering with teachers, and cultivating and retaining strong leaders.
Originally Published: April 2, 2012 | Updated: July 7, 2014
Top Tips for School Leaders
School Administrator's Guide to Supporting School Counselors, by Dr. Kimberlee Ratliff (2013)
Ratliff, a National Certified Counselor and APUS Associate Professor and Program Director, offers school administrators a checklist for what they should and should not expect from their school counselors.
Addressing Chronic Absenteeism, by Anne O'Brien (2013)
O'Brien shares both nationwide data for student chronic absence and ways schools and districts can work to decrease it.
How To Expand a Successful School Model, by Suzie Boss (2013)
The founding principal of John Stanford International school in Seattle shares advice for administrators on expanding and replicating successful programs.
Four Suggestions to Help You Lead by Relationships and Realize Your Vision, by Scott Taylor (2013)
Taylor, an assistant superintendent, writes about the importance of leading by relationships in order to realize your vision.
Leadership Lessons: Ten Ideas to Take into 2012, by Lori Cullen (2012)
Elementary school principal Cullen shares her most valuable lessons of the past year.
An Open Letter to Principals: Five Leadership Strategies for the New Year, by Eric Sheninger (2011)
Sheninger, principal at New Milford High School, shares his ideas on leadership during challenging times.
Ten Big Ideas of School Leadership, by Mike McCarthy, Kathy Baron (2010)
Middle school principal McCarthy shares 30 years of wisdom on how to run a school well.
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A Teacher Perspective: Advice for Principals, by Ben Johnson (2013)
Johnson offers his observations to administrators to help them build better relationships with teachers. Also see Johnson's blog post, "
Five Ways to Build a Partnership with Your Principal."
How Coaching Can Impact Teachers, Principals, and Students, by Elena Aguilar (2013)
Effective coaching cultivates leaders in education. Here, leadership coach Aguilar provides tips for implementing a coaching program.
School Leaders: Guiding Teachers into the Digital Age, by Anne O'Brien (2013)
As more schools integrate technology into classrooms, effective leadership is necessary to achieve new media learning goals. O'Brien offers strategies school leaders can use to help teachers embrace tech tools.
How Principals Can Grow Teacher Excellence, by Mariko Nobori (2011)
At Cochrane Collegiate Academy, teachers credit their principal with helping them continually improve their practice through effective PD, ongoing support, and mutual trust.
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Teaching How to Teach: Coaching Tips from a Former Principal, by Shane Safir (2008)
Educator and former principal Safir highlights four strategies for effective teacher coaching.
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What Makes a Great School Leader? by Elena Aguilar (2014)
Longtime Edutopia contributor Aguilar highlights the three qualities she thinks most indicative of a great school leader: visionary leadership, community builder, and emotional intelligence.
Encouraging Teacher Leaders to Become Principals, by Bob Lenz (2014)
Lenz discusses how a recent report offers a road map for system leaders to establish new standards, practices, and management structures for growing a strong pipeline of principals.
Don't Be Afraid to Give Direct Feedback, by Scott Taylor (2013)
Superintendent and adjunct professor Taylor returns with advice about using reflective questions as a constructive way of delivering direct feedback.
Six Paths to Better Leadership, by Maurice Elias (2013)
Elias outlines six important standards for school leaders to make a difference in the lives of their students and school communities. Also from Elias, "
The Seven Characteristics of a Good Leader."
21st-Century PLNs for School Leaders, by George Couros (2012)
Couros, school district administrator, encourages social media newbies to expand their PLNs for their own professional development, as well as for the benefit of their students.
Why School Leaders Need to Stay Put, by Heather Wolpert-Gawron (2010)
For better or worse, each member of a school administration affects the learning environment and the academic habitat of a school.
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