4 ways to lead school improvement with and through others

Understanding our role and responsibilities as leaders in schools is better understood by examining the way relationships change in the building as one moves up the leadership ladder. When we begin teaching, our main interactions, on a day-to-day basis, are with students. As we take on leadership roles within the school, direct contact time with […]

Commitment not consistency is the key to student success

“We must teach them good habits,” I overheard my football coach say when I was 15 years old. I can remember that saying and how it was said like it was yesterday. This message has stayed with me ever since and is a principle that teachers need to encourage in students. Behind all good habits […]

Should school leaders teach more?

The degree to which school leaders are involved in actual teaching practice varies considerably between schools, which brings us to the question: Should school leaders teach more? To clarify for the purpose of this post, school leader refers to senior leaders in schools, assistant principals, principals and directors / superintendents. The demands of these senior […]

Recruiting the ‘Tweeners – why staff induction programs matter

Bringing new teachers and support staff into a school can give the energy boost it needs, or maintain the momentum of positive change that may have been built up over time. This is why induction programs matter so much. Anthony Muhammad in his book, Transforming School Culture, identifies four groups of people within a school, […]

Feedback that pops the bubble – overcoming the deflector shield

One of the obstacles educational leaders face when giving colleagues feedback is deflection. Over the years, through numerous conversations with educators centering on giving and receiving feedback, this issue of deflection often gets in the way of moving forward. Take the following example. Over several weeks a school leader received numerous complaints about the way […]

Are you getting in the way of the feedback you really need to grow?

It is questionable whether teachers and leaders are given regular feedback in order to grow professionally. When teachers work with students feedback is given in most lessons throughout the learning journey. The same does not happen for the adults in the school. We need to change this. When busy, teacher feedback is often the first […]

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