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“Creating a Culture of Success” Principal Effectiveness February 27, 2013

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By Rich Mestas, Chief Academic Officer, GOAL Academy

Latino school leaders in deep thought about principal effectivenesss

Latino school leaders in deep thought about principal effectiveness.

Today’s educators are asked to do more with less, ensure ALL students are successful, differentiate instruction for students of all skill levels, while operating on greatly reduced (or non-existent) resources that have left no area of the school untouched. The tension between meeting student and staff needs and diminishing resources often results in a high stress, counterproductive environment in which principals and their teams begin to look for low-cost and no cost cure-alls; the one-size-fits-all approach that effectively addresses every challenge in the school. But in our hearts and minds we know there is no singular solution. There is no singular stand-alone curriculum that will solve a school’s academic problems. No singular character education plan that will solve a school’s discipline problems exists. And,there is no singular parent involvement strategy that will ensure effective parent participation because our schools do not have a singular type of student and family.

By design our public schools welcome students with varying skill levels, different strengths and weaknesses, different ideas about what education means to them and their future. Additionally, many of our students come to us with significant social and emotional issues and other non-academic issues that take more resources than the school (and sometimes the larger community) can offer. The 21st century public school environment can be overwhelming, but a principal who rejects the idea that they must lead collaboratively will fail. A successful principal instead builds a team of educational leaders working together toward a common mission (The Wallace Foundation, 2012).