1. The Value of Values
Roy Disney said, “It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” This quote has special relevance for school administrators who make hundreds of decisions during the school year; many of them significant to the lives of those they supervise. But aside from decision making, values, if shared throughout the school and community serve to give people the sense that they are part of something special. So, the start of a new school year is a great time to remind your staff of your school’s core values and how each day it is imperative to live these values; in their interactions with students, each other and parents.
2. Respect is the Glue . . .
that holds it all together. The trick is act as the “boss” while also honoring the humanity of your staff. We all need to feel a sense of control over our lives. This feeling does not stop at the school’s door step. Staff members should at the very least be consulted, if a decision has an impact upon them. They may not agree with your decision, but at least they’ll feel valued and more likely to accept it.
The start of the new year is also a good time to visit with teachers individually while they are planning their first few lesson plans. All relationships need frequent attention and showing personal interest in your staff is a great way to demonstrate that you care about them as people.
3. Going Where?
* So what are your key goals for the coming year?
* Do you have specific plans for achieving these goals?
* Who will be involved in this planning and are the roles defined?
* How will you know if you have met your goals?
* Will you know why you did, or did not meet the goals?