Halfway Pt. Yr. 2 Sch Admin-“What I’ve Learned so Far”

Halfway point of my 2nd yr. as a school admin, what have I learned so far?

1.Say what you mean, mean what you say and follow through with what you expect.
This is for managing & coaching teachers and staff, communicate up front your expectations, get buy in and have accountability with implementation and outcomes.
2. Update staff regularly on routine polices and procedures. One slip up or mistake can be costly.
3. Students need authentic, engaging instruction. Continuous PD with teachers will help achieve this goal
4. Have a set of Non-negotiables, everyday in relation to instruction, teaching and learning. Research-based strategies that are proven to increase student learning and achievement.
5. Celebrate & acknowledge your staff’s & student’s successes daily. Let them know that you appreciate their hard work & effort.
Our goal is 80% or higher proficiency and high growth for our students. Halfway point data dig in next post!

The Quest for High Student Achievement-85%

Starting my 2nd full year as an Assistant Principal @ R.N. Harris Core Knowledge-Integrated Art Magnet School in Durham,NC We just missed our goal of 80% proficiency (77.8). This year we are keeping the same theme as last, “pushing it to the limit” with a new goal of 85% + high growth (60+ %). Our staff moral is high as we celebrated our successes and planned for the new school year. All staff has participated in Professional Development over the summer and are ready to implement new engaging strategies to help our children learn. I personally took part in several leadership PD‘s to improve student achievement. Here are two reports that link effective school leadership with high student achievement.
Leadership links to improved student learning and Strong Leaders,Strong Schools

Summer Planning

Another first, this summer I am planning with our Principal for the upcoming school year. Getting class list together, cleaning and maintenance schedules,and Interviews and hiring new staff.
A couple of staff members have asked, “Mr. Williams, when are you gonna take a break?” I smiled and told them “this isn’t work. I’m having a break right now.” Seriously there is a lot to get done in the few weeks we have until school opens in August. I am learning much about putting the right pieces together at the right time, to ensure a successful and smooth school year. So what worked last year? A collaborative vision of high expectation. This translated into the school working together as a unit to make the vision a reality. Another factor that played a role in our success was the emphasis on the school as a family. There was alot of cooperation between teachers, parents, students and administration. Teachers voiced their concerns and we listened. Same was true for parents and students. There was also a little friendly competition between another elementary school. Add this all together and we were the 3rd highest in our district in terms of proficiency. Next up, preparing for some PD with Staff before school opens.