Moral Courage Reflective - Practitioners
Social Justice Community Engagement
Moving the Vision Joyful Learning Environment
Healthy Relationships Management Through Flexibility
The following leadership qualities are the foundation of the Principal Residency Network.
I. Moving the Vision:
Effective school leaders involve stakeholders within the school and community in developing and maintaining a consistent vision of how a “good school” can become an “excellent school.” Such leaders inspire others to help them achieve this vision. Possessing such a vision allows the school leader to say yes or no to ideas or activities, based on how they affect and support the vision and how they help the school move in the desired direction.
II. Moral Courage:
Influential school leaders have the courage to stand alone, if necessary, to uphold key principles and values. They are change agents who are ready to challenge the status quo when it is seen as limiting the potential success of some members of the school community. They are committed, above all else, to doing what is best for children even in the face of pressure to cut corners or compromise values. They inspire others toward tolerance and greater understanding of human differences, and they protect students from the effects of bullying or prejudice.
III. Instructional Leadership for a Positive Learning Environment
Successful school leaders work to create joy around learning and help faculty and staff promote a zest for learning in all students, while continuing to grow as professionals. At the same time, school leaders keep track of diagnostic data that reveal how well diverse students are performing, and are ready to lead in solving problems that hinder student success.
IV. Management that is Personal, Flexible, Collaborative and Effective:
Effective school leaders are able to juggle many tasks and thoughts at once. They know that careful attention to creating positive and healthy relationships is of paramount importance. They therefore pay attention to the personal and act in a manner that is thoughtful, understanding, and just. They are patient and understanding but willing to move in an organized, collaborative manner to initiate and follow through on tasks. They show respect for and trust in school staff and promote democratic collaboration. They are tactful yet direct and possess a talent for both one-on-one and group communication. They help ensure the maintenance of a safe and secure facility, and they are skilled at preparing budgets and keeping expenditures in line with budget priorities. They possess an understanding of relevant school laws, and they promote accountability by example
V. Building Public Support for School Excellence:
Successful school leaders are adept at public relations and help keep the broader community informed about and involved in the issues and challenges the school is facing. They make effective use of community resources and keep an open door to community concerns.