Avoid a toxic school culture by being a Mythbuster

  Toxic school cultures thrive on the rumour mill. Often we can find groups of teachers being negative about aspects of our respective schools that are not just untrue but plain and simply not right both literally and figuratively. Of course, it is important for all school leaders to listen carefully to feedback from staff […]

If you want educational change to stick, give it time

  This week my school will be launching its public portal, which gives parents and students greater access to information about learning in our school. As the leader of this project, I have begun to reflect on a journey that has lasted 2 years plus in getting to this point. What has struck me most […]

5 attributes of good decision-makers in schools

  School leaders are faced with making many decisions each day. From time to time these decisions may not be popular with everyone. Unfortunately, there are some decisions we can control and others that we cannot and, oftentimes, we have to take responsibility for both. Many decisions that educational leaders make require teachers to support […]

Good leaders address the needs of their team first

In a post some weeks back, I mentioned that “quality conversations between instructional leaders and teacher cannot occur unless the basic needs of teachers are met.” Maslow was really onto something when he came up with his hierarchy of needs. Each employee that we work with has his or her own needs. Each employee comes […]

Knowing when to hold back with change

We all know that change in schools is a constant. We all want to see advancement in our schools and, in particular, see improved outcomes for students and continued professional growth of teachers. One of the pitfalls with our quest to make change, and supporting our teachers in bringing about change, is whether there is […]

5 simple tips to being a less reactive and more pro-active leader

One of the key attribute that good school leaders have is that they spend their time being proactive rather than reactive. The amount of stress created in a reactive environment is immense and does very little to assist in building staff morale and a positive school culture. Conversely, a proactive leader is able to maintain […]

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