Roosevelt Middle School principal at Vista Unified School District, Amy Zilk, knows that a new leadership role is both rewarding and challenging. One of the most important and immediate goals for any leader is building healthy, high-quality working relationships with your staff.
Tucked away in the hills of rural western Oregon, the Vernonia and Gaston school districts defy many of the stereotypes most of us hold when we think of rural schools. Their communities face both common and unique challenges. Vernonia Elementary Principal, Michelle Eagleson, and Gaston Superintendent, Summer Catino, share how their small schools and communities achieve greatness.
Santiam Canyon Superintendent, Todd Miller, shares how their school district’s identity and maxims are a source of community and strength, especially when faced with unimaginable disaster.
Employing Leadership Systems and Structures How does the principal work through a broad set of teams to ensure all students get what they need to be successful? SCHOOL FACT BOX…
Michael Brosnan interviews organizational expert Jim Collins about his research on educational leadership.
Authors Cass R. Sunstein and Reid Hastie describe common ways groups go astray and offer suggestions to avoid or address them. They argue that four problems are most commonly to blame for poor or self-destructive decisions.
The author suggests five ways to handle tough, necessary conversations.
Kate Rousmaniere discusses common misconceptions about principals and how they stem from the history of the principalship.
Thomas R. Hoerr argues that sometimes principals can try too hard to be “liked” which can undermine their ability to lead. This can lead to a few problems.
Roland S. Barth argues that educators need to develop and understand their visions for schools as a step toward improvement. He shares his own visions for the future of education.