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The Idea Village eTEL The Daily Handbook for Extreme Leaders The Vancouver Symposium on Christian Education for the 21st Century TICAL - Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership The Principal Story Learning Guide School leadership matters. During the past decade, there has been a growing recognition among educators and policymakers that school principals must be instructional leaders who ensure that high-quality teaching occurs in every classroom. This view is backed up by a solid body of evidence showing that leadership places second only to teaching among school-related influences on learning. In culling lessons from 13 years of research that describes what effective principals do well, The Wallace Foundation has found they perform five key practices: Learning Forward has developed this web-based professional learning guide using excerpts from the award-winning PBS documentary film, The Principal Story, to illustrate the five practices. Watch excerpts from the film here and explore each practice below. Unit 1: Shaping a vision of academic success for all students Unit 2: Creating a climate hospitable to education Unit 3: Cultivating leadership in others Unit 4: Improving instruction

Enrollment and Marketing Strategies for Schools | Enrollment Catalyst Canadian Association of Principals 11 Great Leadership and Vision Quotes 11 Great Leadership and Vision Quotes 1. “A leader’s job is to look into the future and see the organization, not as it is, but as it should be.” ~Jack Welch2. “All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.” ~Orison Swett Marden3. What is leadership? When I started this blog, I called it “Teaching: Leading Learning” because I believe the role of classroom teacher and school leader are closely connected. In both cases, you have a group of people and you want to take them from one situation to another. You have to enact change. There are several ways you can accomplish this: Authoritarian: Classroom situation: I am the teacher. I am in charge. Last week I ran a twilight session for aspiring leaders in school, exploring the question “what is leadership?” Model #1: The Bus, or “who before where” (Jim Collins) Jim Collins advises leaders to start with “who” not “where” (source) Most people assume that great bus drivers (read: leaders) immediately start the journey by announcing to the people on the bus where they’re going—by setting a new direction or by articulating a fresh corporate vision.In fact, leaders of companies that go from good to great start not with “where” but with “who.” Can you see the wood for the trees? Model #3: Geese

Growth Mindset I am leading an initiative to help my school become a Growth Mindset school. I have written about this in the following posts: Many other posts refer to our growth mindset ethos and approach, and I have tagged them here: Growth Mindset Posts. You can read my article about Becoming a growth mindset school on page 2 of the SSAT journal here. Chew Valley School also has a teaching and learning blog charting our growth mindset journey. You can find it here: #echewcation Growth Mindset is the brainchild of Carol Dweck.

The Leadership Strategy of Jesus So much of the activity I see among leaders today is focused on reaching the masses. “Successful leaders” speak at big conferences, host popular television or radio shows, publish bestselling books, write successful blogs, or engage in social media. Sermon on the Mount by Cosimo Rosselli Simply put, their goal is breadth. They want to extend their influence to as many people as possible. Nothing wrong with that. His goal was not “reach” or popularity. On more than one occasion, after performing a jaw-dropping miracle, he told those who witnessed it, “Tell no one what you have seen” (see e.g., Matthew 8:4; 16:20; 17:9; Mark 7:36; 8:30; 9:9; Luke 5:14; and 8:56). He was a publicist’s nightmare. Instead, Jesus focused on true depth and long-term impact. He led himself. Jesus’ leadership strategy evidently worked well. Within seven generations (318 A.D.), the emperor Constantine accepted his message and made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire.

Maker vs. Manager: How Your Schedule Can Make or Break You Consider the daily schedule of famed novelist Haruki Murakami. When he’s working on a novel, he starts his days at 4 am and writes for five or six continuous hours. Once the writing is done, he spends his afternoons running or swimming, and his evenings, reading or listening to music before a 9 pm bedtime. In contrast, consider the schedule of entrepreneur, speaker, and writer Gary Vaynerchuk. “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. — Annie Dillard, The Writing Life The numerous articles we have all read about the schedules and routines of successful people like these often miss the point. What we can learn from reading about the schedules of people we admire is not what time to set our alarms or how many cups of coffee to drink, but that different types of work require different types of schedules. Paul Graham of Y Combinator first described this concept in a 2009 essay. What’s the Difference? A maker’s schedule is different. It makes sense. — Seth Godin, The Dip

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