Principals Who Dare to Care by A. William Place

By A. William Place

In this inspirational e-book, veteran instructor and college chief Will position stocks the significance of worrying approximately others. He explains the options which are very important to a profitable principalship: management, administration, wisdom and accountability-and being concerned. Drawing on own adventure and certain examples, position conveys the very human desire for worrying and its crucial function within the luck of a school.

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Principals Who Dare to Care

During this inspirational publication, veteran instructor and faculty chief Will position stocks the significance of being concerned approximately others. He explains the strategies which are very important to a winning principalship: management, administration, wisdom and accountability-and worrying. Drawing on own event and distinctive examples, position conveys the very human desire for worrying and its crucial function within the good fortune of a college.

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While I find some stretches of chaos theory a little far-fetched—some suggest that 54 ◆ Principals Who Dare to Care a butterfly flapping its wings in South America could influence weather patterns a month later in Ohio—I do think about the child who sits in a car with an adult smoker for 15 or 20 minutes every day: might not that influence her learning? To make things a little more comparable, perhaps educational researchers should adopt some of the language of the meteorologists. For example, I am more than 95% confident that on Monday there will be some students excited about learning who will advance at an above-average rate, and there will also be some who face such huge personal problems that no matter what is done in the schools they will not learn as much as others, but the majority of students will learn what should normally be expected on a single day in schools across the Miami Valley.

These are not mutually exclusive approaches to the knowledge base. To have a comprehensive knowledge base, all three are helpful. Palestini makes a point that I believe is relevant and emphasizes one of the most valuable approaches to the knowledge base in his statement that “the ideal disposition for inquiry and discernment is humility” (2003, p. 42). Each of us has strength in one of the three areas—that is, one area is 56 ◆ Principals Who Dare to Care usually stronger for us personally—but humility will assist us to recognize and appreciate the value of all three areas.

You need to support your teachers as they enforce discipline, but a principal needs to be aware that teachers are capable of mistakes as well. If a teacher gets angry and curses or disrespects a student, then as the principal it is your responsibility to correct that teacher. However, the first step in the process is to hear the teacher’s side of the story. One thing that will undermine your leadership is jumping to conclusions. Even if you are correct, it is important to hear both sides of an issue before you take a strong stance or action.

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