School leadership that works

affirmation

definition

Behavior

Illustration

The extent to which the leader recognizes and celebrates school accomplishments-and acknowledges failures.

Behavior            

  • Systematically and fairly recognizing and celebrating accomplishments of students (awards day, PBS)
  • systematically and fairly recog. and celebrates the accom. of teachers
  • systematically and fairly recognizes the failures of the school as a whole

 

2. Change Agent

behavior

illustration

The leader’s disposition to challenge the status quo.

(Constantly asking self, why do we do what we do?)

Behavior:

  • Consciously changing the status quo
  • willing to lead regardless of uncertain outcomes
  • systematically considering new/better ways of doing things
  • Consistently attempting to operate at the edge verses the center of school’s comp.
  • illustration
  • teacher walk throughs
  • new procedures
  • technology

3. Contingent Rewards

definition

behavior

illustration

extent to which the school leader recognizes and rewards individual accomplishments

behavior:

  • using hard work and results as the basis for rewards and recog.
  • using performance versus seniority as primary criterion for reward/recog.

illustration

grants

 politics may prevent person from being reprimanded

4. Communication

definition

behavior

illustrations

extent to which the school leader est. strong lines of comm. with and between teachers and students

behavior:

  • developing effective means for teachers to com. with one another
  • being easily accessible to teachers
  • maintaining open and eff. lines of comm. with staff
  • illus.
  • common planning period
  • peer to peer observation
  • listen
  • meetings, announcements

5. Culture

definition

behavior

illustration

 

a school’s combination of values, beliefs, and feelings

behavior

  • promoting cohesion among staff
  • a sense of well-being among staff
  • dev. an understanding of purpose
  • dev. a shared vision of what school could be like
  • illustration
  • discipline
  • academics
  • pride

6. Discipline

definition

behavior

illustration

protecting teachers from issues and influences that would detract from their instructional time or focus

behavior

  • protecting instructional time from interruptions
  • protecting teachers from internal and external distractions
  • illus.
  • cell phone
  • club meetings

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7. Flexibility

definition

behavior

illus.

  • extent to which leaders adapt their leadership behavior to the needs of the current situation and are comfortable with dissent

Behavior:

  • adapting leadership style to needs of specific situations.
  • being directive or nondirective
  • encouraging people to express diverse or contrary opinions
  • being comfortable with making major changes in how things are done

8. focus

est. clear goals and keeps those goals in the forefront of the school’s attention

pbs

reading

ideals/beliefs

beliefs are connected to intimacy; they come from policies or standards or practices.

*factory worker-prac. something but don’t believe in what u r doing

*What if u dont know what u believe in/ -belief based on exp. , data, prof. lit., set small goals for self to accomplish

input

involve teachers in decision making

-behavioral expectations

-hiring teachers

intellectual stimulation

leader ensures that faculty and staff are award of most current theories and prac. regarding eff. schools-makes discussions of those theories as part of school’s culture

*posting article for teachers to read

8allowing teachers to share what they have learned at meeting/workshop-praise them!

involvement in curriculum, instruction, assessment
principal is directly involved in design and implementation of curr. instruction and assessment activities
knowledge of curriculum,instruction, and assessment
leader is aware of best practices in these domains
monitering and evaluating
a system that provides feedback
optimizer
leader inspires others/is driving force when implementing a challenging innovation
order

leader est. a set of operating standards and principles

-rules and procedures for staff and students

outreach

leader is an advocate /spokesperson for school to all stakeholders

-school complies with all district and state mandates

-advocate with parents, central office, community

relationships
leader is aware of staff and teachers personal lives
resources
leader provides materials, prof dev necessary for succ. execution of duties
situational awareness

  • accurately predicting what could go wrong from day to day
  • being aware of informal groups and relationships among staff
  • aware of issues in school that have not surfaced but could create discord

visibility

leader has contact and interacts with teachers, students, and parents

*systematic /frequent visits to classroom

*frequent contact with students

*highly visible to all

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