I am fortunate that my principal treats her staff as professionals. I have been very blessed to have several principals throughout my career that were in this same category. Staff members are expected to do what needs to be done, provide quality education, integrate technology into daily teaching and continue professional development with very little intervention. I feel valued and respected in my job.
So why aren’t there more principals like this? My principal makes it look easy. But I’m sure that there are many facets to developing a good leader that allows for autonomy while nurturing growth.
Our educational system needs reform. Of that there is no doubt. The Boston Globe article “Learning from Finland” has valid information to share. Not pitting school against school. Not relying on standardized tests. Providing state funded education for teachers to encourage the best and the brightest. Should we be listening?