New Principal Post: Lessons From the First Half of the School Year?

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Halfway into my first year as a new school principal, what have I learned? First, there is No Power in the Principalship, only in relationships.
Although I felt there were many things that needed to be changed, if I did not build trust and relationships with my staff, nothing could be accomplished. Over communicating and distributive leadership are not just theoretic words, they are words to live by for a new Principal.
Treating everyone with dignity and respect and making sure your staff does the same can save you a lot of headaches.
Dr. William Sterrett, Professor at UNC-Wilmington has a great book out, Short on time, “How can we find time to meet students’ and teachers’ needs, foster ingenuity and innovation, and apply best practices when so much is demanding our attention right this minute?
This is a perfect read for new school administrators. He has a FREE 100 point, Getting Ready to Lead, Action Step Guide. This guide is intended for those thinking about and those who are preparing to become School Administrators.

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Click here to get your FREE copy. Extremely helpful!

Goal Achieved! 1st Year Principalship, SLLA exam practice Paid Off

My last post, I spoke of 2012-13 school year being my leap year. This year 2013-14 I made the transition from Assistant Principal to Principal. With alot of hard work, prayer and staying abreast of current trends in school and instructional leadership has finally paid off. Read more here. Roxboro is in Person county,a small district about 30 miles from Durham,NC. It was a 3 year quest that was full of hard challenges,happy celebrations, difficult conversations and courageous decision-making. My last year as an assistant Principal was focused on high-level teaching & learning for students and teachers. Professional development and honest feedback helped solidified my my vision of school leadership. I also had some Principal preparation training that was very beneficial. Slla practice exam also helped. If you are just starting your journey to school leadership, I got good news for you. I’m gonna tell you how I did it in the hopes that you can get some take aways and make the leap yourself>
It’s a different view from the Principal’s desk! Stay tuned.
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Still Winning!

Leadership Excellence Award to R.N. Harris administrative team that achieved the highest percentage of Scorecard Growth Goals for 2010-11. The school received a check from the Business Advisory Council for $2,500 for leadership development.
Pictured:R.N Harris Elementary Integrated Arts and Core Knowledge Magnet Elementary School, with Principal Carolyn Pugh and Assistant Principal Adriese Williams.
Harris surpassed all but one of their growth goals in reading and math, made High Growth on the ABCs and met 100% of their AYP goals. RN Harris’s overall percentage of goals met was 70.8 percent. Read more here

New iPhone App for Future School Admins!

Developed my 1st app for helping future school leaders successfully prepare for the ETS SLLA exam, School Leaders Licensure Assessment. Promo codes to the first 10 who retweet this
A quiz App to help future school administrators prepare for the ETS School Leaders Licensure Assessment, SLLA. The 5-50 multiple-choice questions simulates the ISSLC (Interstate School Leaders License Consortium) standards for School leadership. Includes opportunities to connect with current school leaders, RSS feeds ,videos and allows questions to be submitted on school leadership. Quiz is accurately scored and results can be emailed. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/slla-exam-prep/id435382932?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4#