Monday Moanin Thoughts #78 Culture Is A Reflection Of Principals’ Leadership

Most schools in the Midwest just finished their first week of the  2013-14 school year. Building principals and their staffs have endured several professional learning days in preparation for the opening. As I reflect back on my years as a building principal , I remember  experiencing the first week with students exhausted due to planning and facilitating the opening of  a new year. The challenge for all principals is to not let fatigue impact your actions and performance when the students arrive. The tone you set as the instructional leader in the building is critical to all students and staff having the correct focus and experience. The bottom line is the climate and culture of the building reflect the principals leadership. Baruti Kafele is a high school principal that understands this role . As you begin the year, keep in mind some of his strategies in setting the correct tone. Follow him on twitter  @principalkafele.

  • greet students as they arrive in the morning
  • deliver a daily morning announcement about learning
  • high visibility in halls and cafeteria by  the administrative team
  • encourage and support all student activities
  • let your staff and students know that you believe in them
  • let your staff and students know that you care about them

Take action and get to work at setting the correct tone for your building. Make it a great beginning and enjoy a productive start for 2013-14.

Quote of the week:

@simonsinek: “If we think of everything we have to do, we feel overwhelmed. If we do the one thing we have to do , we make progress.”


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