New Administrators To Do list…

What does this have to do with technology4engagement you might ask yourself…

Well I am an administrator and I will be starting over in my third building this fall as Principal.  I remember my first posting and how I leaned heavily on the advice of others to set myself in the right direction.  I earned my Level 1 &2 Manitoba principals certificate and even attended the COSL summer institute which was great.  Being that it is 2013 and I am now fully embracing twitter and blogging I wanted to use technology as a tool to my advantage.  I have been using google documents since it’s inception but never had a conduit to get more active participants in my documents unless I was running some PD with a captive audience.  I decided that I would use twitter to challenge my professional network to contribute to a list of things new administrators should do when starting at a new posting.  While I was writing this up to 10 people were editing it at a time, which was very exciting.

The following was the result;

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….

2. Get to know the students names and who they are

– get to know the parents names and who they are

3. Be accessible

4. Get into classrooms early and ask questions

5. Be yourself, you don’t need to emulate the admin who left.

6. When possible help complete previously established goals and set some of your own.

7. Collaborate with others but maintain the ability to make your final decisions on things that matter.

8. Say “Who does…” before “I will…”

9. Talk about the things that matter- Student learning, etc. Your staff will attend to issues that you attend to.

10. Take time to listen, to students, staff and the community.

11. Positively engage the community and PTO

12. Ask what have you done, or what do you think before offering solutions…

13. Don’t start a sentence with “At my last school, we did…..”

14. 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.

15. Be visible in the halls, classrooms, activities/sports events, and community events.

16. Be available

17. People first. Always take the time to listen.

18. People invest in projects that they launch and design themselves, give your staff the freedom to grow.

19.  Enable staff to try new teaching strategies, even if the research doesn’t exist yet

20.  Encourage PD opportunities outside of the district (Twitter, Edcamps, etc.)

21.  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.

22. Access resources (law enforcement, social services, community groups) to understand your school’s culture.

23. Make sure faculty and parents understand you won’t pit one group against the other.

24. Make sure processes for problem solving are well articulated, transparent, and understood

25.Meet with parents and teachers and create a dialogue to create learning team for student.

26. Ask teachers for a wish list of 3 things that they would like to change, modify or improve.

Make connections with the other school in the community to set up peer to assistance and training for younger years…helps both school

27. Get used to doing bigger jobs 5 minutes at a time. Be available. Them first.

28. Look at their data. Where are the trends? Where are the strengths? Where are the opportunities?

Thanks to everyone in my twitter network who made this possible.

*you can add to this list on my google Document here


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