What Does Every Administrator Need from Teachers? [guest post]
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
I would like to preface my answer to this question by telling you that I am very lucky to work in an elementary school at which my comments are observed every day and are actually part of the "air we breathe." Thus, my inspiration for my job and for this blog comes from my fabulous colleagues. Administrators need the following from teachers...
In today's world of education, it is critical that administrators and teachers work together to manage the constant pressures that come when we are focused on raising the achievement of every student. Much of our work is centered on philosophical and programmatic change, which naturally equates to added stress. At our school, we are working collaboratively to review best practice, monitor student achievement through assessment, analyze achievement data, and implement instructional practices and strategies to impact student achievement and close the achievement gaps. However, by working together we can make a huge difference in the lives of our students! I wouldn't be in this job if I didn't love the students and those who teach and support them!
Linda Perdaems is in her 20th year as an elementary school principal at Woodland Elementary School in the Osseo Area School System. Her school is located in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Woodland currently has 1,030 preschool through sixth grade students.
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