The New School Leader “Vortex” the SLLA Exam and a Quest for a Mentor.
I’m going to talk to you about how school leadership stretches you way out of your comfort zone and how you can get yourself put back together. A new school principal has many new things to learn. The culture of a school, district policies, Instructional leadership, school budgeting, just to name a few. All this can get your head on a swivel quickly and have you putting out one fire after the next. Soon you may find yourself spinning around and getting nothing accomplished.
This is what I call the New School Leader Vortex. A new school, a new position, new level of responsibility, ( Did I mention lonely?). This is intensified if you’re at a Title 1 school, have challenges with test scores and have low parent involvement. I found myself in this “Vortex” back in November of this year. I knew I had to reach out to someone who had done this before, and who had done it successfully! As a school leader, sometimes you can take on a superman/woman persona. Thinking you got this, “Im the Principal”, there’s nothing I cannot handle! Nothing could be further from the truth.
The SLLA Exam Practice helped me to prepare for some real-world scenarios. It also helped me frame my vision and my core beliefs, which I mention in