When I transitioned from teaching to school admin, I was surprised at the many moving parts outside the classroom that keep schools running smoothly.
Even with all the ways I prepared, it still took me a long time to begin understanding for the multiple job descriptions I was responsible to oversee. Over time, I discovered the importance of identifying and writing down the key responsibility areas of my team members. Episode 19 is all about helping you discover how a simple process involving KRA’s can help any school management team.
Check out the original blog posts I wrote about KRA’s in Part 1 and Part 2.
As we head into the last five weeks of school, I’m reminded that not all educators consider our North American summer the end of their school year.
In Sydney, for instance, schools just ended their first term April 8 and begin their second term the last week of April. If your Down Under, you may benefit from my podcast episode, 7 Questions for The First Days of Schools!
For most of my colleagues in North America, however, the end is near. Every year it seems like the last weeks become the most stressful as we wrap up events, meet deadlines, and prepare for summer. If you’re like me, those end-of-year to-do’s seem to grow by the day. After a while, you feel yourself sliding down the slippery slope of panic. Continue reading →
My school is preparing for the last days of school, but Episode 18 of the PMPodcast shares ideas from Harry Wong’s First Days of School–ideas that work all year long. Communication about the basics is essential for healthy school communities. Go here to check out the original blog post that accompanies this podcast.
Here are the show-notes for Episode 18
Harry Wong likes to remind teachers of seven things students will want to know on the first day of school: Continue reading →
The other day I was presenting to a small group of teachers and assistant principals on the many hats school leaders wear.
As I was closing, I asked them to look at me. Everyone fixed his or her eyes on my own, and suddenly I was overwhelmed.
I wanted to tell them how much our schools need their leadership…how much our students need men and women who are passionate, caring, determined, courageous, and committed…how we can’t do this without them.
But all I could get out was, “We need you.” And then I was too choked up to continue. Continue reading →
Morris’s biography of Roosevelt paints the picture of a boy who began life frail and sickly, who developed his mind and imagination through reading and travel, who beat all odds through intense self-improvement, and who lived a life of eagerness to fight at every opportunity: Continue reading →
Missy is Director of Curriculum & Federal Programs at Skiatook Public Schools, a veteran teacher, school leader, and strong believer in collaboration. An active presenter, trainer, and professional development consultant, she is also currently working on her doctoral dissertation. Missy lives in Skiatook, Oklahoma with her wonderful family of red-heads! You can follow her on Twitter via her handle @MissyBushOK. If you’re interested in guest posting for Principal Matters, check out the Guest Post Guidelines.
—————————— Our district recently hosted an EdCamp during our district-wide professional development day. Here are some highlights of the process we used to develop and implement our very first EdCamp. Continue reading →
Do you ever think about areas in work or life where you wish you had more insight?
In episode 16, we talk about learning to lean on the expertise of others. Here are four quick tips on easily connecting and growing to improve your school leadership. For my original companion post to this audio version, go here.