Principals dating staff

by  |  01-Nov-2016 16:18

In my work with principals over the past decade, one area has concerned me the most.

Useful, well-received feedback cannot be delivered either brusquely or timidly, but many principals have difficulty hitting the sweet spot between brutal honesty and conflict avoidance when holding crucial conversations with underperforming teachers.

PRINCIPAL POINTS - Treats staff with respect - Trusts the judgement of staff - Encourages staff initiative - Always seeks feedback about his/her performance - Always works to build good relationships among staff - Always supports staff in matters of student discipline - Manages change effectively - Is always eager to learn - Is an effective coach for staff SOURCE: EDUCATION DEPARTMENT 2004 STAFF OPINION SURVEYEducation Minister Lynne Kosky said the questionnaire had been "common practice" in the private industry for many years, and aimed to provide schools with a broader range of opinion data from parents, teachers and students."Principals are school leaders and should not be afraid of constructive feedback," Ms Kosky said.

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I shared a strategy that works well for this, among other purposes, at principals’ meetings in my column on discussion protocols.

Tags: PD for Principals / Professional Development Terry Wilhelm knows what it takes to be a leader in today’s education community.

Conducting uncomfortable conversations in a respectful manner while holding the line on realistic expectations can be daunting at first.

It is easy to understand why some principals simply avoid them.

Wilhelm holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and an administrative credential from California State University, San Bernardino.

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