Principals and educational leaders must spend an increasing amount
of time on instructional, entrepreneurial, and emotional support
in order to create successful opportunities for both staff and students.
As a result, school leaders face increasing demands from stakeholders
in student learning.
Module Objective: In this module, you will explore
how educational leaders can meet their ever-increasing responsibilities.
Specifically, you will read about the principal of one NYC school
who uses a form of relational leadership that allows school staff
to attain and sustain a positive school climate.
Discussion: Peters describes the many types of leadership
styles essential to effective leadership. These include the principal
as "entrepreneur, organizer, and instructional leader." Describe
how FLAGS principal Leba Collins-Augone embodies each of these roles,
and the intended and unintended consequences for students
Journal: Stephen Peters provides 5 guidelines for creating "win-win
situations" for students and staff:
- involving teachers in the
- creating a climate of trust;
- [providing opportunities for]
- identifying teacher leaders and creating
opportunities for them; and
- making yourself accessible.
Describe the ways in which FLAGS has followed these guidelines
and examine the effect it has had on their students. Then, reflect
on your own principal and support staff. What actions have
they taken to follow these tenets? What specific suggestions might
you have for them?
Workbook: Evaluate your school in terms of Peters' "Seven
Critical Areas of School Leadership":
- Providing consistent instructional support and feedback,
- Understanding and embracing" the school's "diverse
- Delegating crucial school managerial duties,
- Taking human resources into account in leadership,
- Involving key players in strategic planning,
- Seeking opportunities for external development, and
- Participating in micropolitical leadership roles?
Imagine you are the Coordinator of Leadership for your school or
district. Assuming that role, create a detailed plan to help your
school's leadership team to better follow and embrace the seven
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