32 things a new principal needs to do, according to my Twitter followers

Any time you start a new position as a school administrator there are many items that need to be addressed to expedite the induction process in a new school.  I am looking for suggestions which I will use to create a master list and then post on my blog.  

Say what you were going to say even if it is close to what others have typed before you. Sometimes the same idea or similar ideas can be presented in different ways which more efficiently convey meaning.

  1. Meet with your staff one on one and Identify goals, struggles.,THEIR priorities…
  2. Get to know the students names and who they are
  3. get to know the parents names and who they are
  4. Be accessible
  5. Get into classrooms early and ask questions
  6. Be yourself, you don’t need to emulate the admin who left.
  7. When possible help complete previously established goals and set some of your own.
  8. Collaborate with others but maintain the ability to make your final decisions on things that matter.
  9. Say “Who does…” before “I will…”
  10. Talk about the things that matter- Student learning, etc. Your staff will attend to issues that you attend to.
  11. Take time to listen, to students, staff and the community.
  12. Positively engage the community and PTO
  13. Ask what have you done, or what do you think before offering solutions…
  14. Don’t start a sentence with “At my last school, we did…..”
  15. Whoever takes the school pictures, find a place to post them up on a bulletin board with class and name. We get printouts on sheets so there may be 30-40 pictures on a sheet.
  16. Be visible in the halls, classrooms, activities/sports events, and community events.
  17. Be available
  18. People first. Always take the time to listen.
  19. People invest in projects that they launch and design themselves, give your staff the freedom to grow.
  20.  Enable staff to try new teaching strategies, even if the research doesn’t exist yet
  21.  Encourage PD opportunities outside of the district (Twitter, Edcamps, etc.)
  22.  Ask teachers to list 3 things they could teach other teachers and 3 things they wish they could learn from other teachers and use the lists to help establish professional learning communities on your campus.
  23. Access resources (law enforcement, social services, community groups) to understand your school’s culture.
  24. Make sure faculty and parents understand you won’t pit one group against the other.
  25. Make sure processes for problem solving are well articulated, transparent, and understood
  26. 25.Meet with parents and teachers and create a dialogue to create learning team for student.
  27. Ask teachers for a wish list of 3 things that they would like to change, modify or improve.
  28. Make connections with the other school in the community to set up peer to assistance and training for younger years…helps both school
  29. Get used to doing bigger jobs 5 minutes at a time. Be available. Them first.
  30. Look at their data. Where are the trends? Where are the strengths? Where are the opportunities?
  31. With staff, establish norms for productive staff meetings.
  32. Meet with secretary(ies), administrative assistants, custodians — find out their prirorities, best working conditions/expectations, hopes/wishes, concerns, et al

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