By Thomas A. Kersten
This ebook is designed to supply starting directors with the information and abilities had to be successful in the course of their first 12 months, shortening the preliminary studying curve and assisting them make tender transitions from instructing to their first administrative positions. Too frequently, starting directors undermine their luck by way of making serious amateur error. to assist new directors optimize their first-year luck, a hugely skilled university administrator stocks a plethora of sensible and invaluable ideas that can consultant them via their all-important first yr as directors. He bargains suggestion on what to do in addition to what to not do from the instant a brand new administrator accepts the task provide in the course of the finish of the 1st yr.
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Otherwise, you invite micromanagement and potential distress. As the school leader, you control the substance and flow of information to the parent organizations. What you need to recognize is that you must decide what it is that you want them to hear and on what topics you want their opinions. However, if there is an “elephant in the room,” you should not ignore it. ” Novice administrators would be wise to minimize the information they provide to their staff and parent boards until they understand not only how to work effectively with various groups, but also what information will contribute to productive relationships.
During the meeting, it is important to let the superintendent know that you are committed to being a highly effective administrator and would value any insights or suggestions. Your openness may be the catalyst needed for a productive conversation, especially with superintendents who might otherwise not discuss their expectations for you. RELATIONSHIPS WITH CENTRAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATORS If you have the good fortune to work in a school district large enough to have a central office administrative staff, you will find that they can be an excellent resource.
In their enthusiasm to be viewed as positive leaders, they include a section in which they recognize individual staff member accomplishments. If, for example, the music teachers conduct a successful school concert, they are congratulated in the weekly bulletin. What novice principals fail to recognize is that by singling out certain teachers for public recognition, they may inadvertently damage teacher morale and create dissatisfaction among others. Similarly, when you become an administrator, be cognizant of the fact that teachers watch what relationships principals develop with staff members.
Stepping into Administration: How to Succeed in Making the Move by Thomas A. Kersten