Help Me to Help You
I was honored when Scott asked for my contribution to this series of posts on what teacher want from an administrator. It just so happens I have a thought or two on the subject. :-) My name is Adina Sullivan and I currently teach 4th grade about 1/2 hour north of San Diego, CA. I've taught at the elementary school level (K, 3, 3/4, 4) for 12 years. Prior to that I worked with adults for about 10 years, both in a corporate trainer capacity and as an adult literacy tutor and tutor trainer. At the elementary school level, I used to work in a predominantly middle-class school and now teach in a school where 90% of our families are low-income and 90% are English language learners. We've improved from a school labeled as "failing" to one that now meets state achievement levels. Much of that success can be contributed to positive leadership of a dedicated staff.
In this piece, I tried to include what I've seen work well, the opposite of what I've seen fail, and the dream of what I'd like to see. Before I really get into it, I want thank all administrators who strive to be the best and never forget they are still educators and not just managers.
What's Really Important
Just About as Important
And Don't Forget These
Whew! It's a long list. You have hundreds of other items already on your to-do list. I truly believe though, that these ideas can go a long way toward making our schools positive, productive, and happy places for students, staff, parents, and you. We're in this together.
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