I am proud to be a life long learner. I have learned in formal and informal ways– by participating in workshops or graduate courses and through interacting with people on twitter, wordpress, or other Web 2.o tools or through conversations around the copy machine.
Through my informal learning and experiences as an educator, I’ve decided it is time to do some more formal, well-structured, learning again.
I have been accepted into an Educational Administration Masters of Science program at Emporia State University. Upon matriculation into Educational Administration program at Emporia State University, I was required to state some goals that I would like to accomplish as an Administrator. In an exercise in transparency, I am posting those goals here.
I would love feedback from previous and current administrators (what is reasonable, how might I accomplish my goals, what are some pitfalls to be aware of?). I would also love feedback from teachers, students, and families (what am I missing? what is more important?). If you read this, and I am now your Leader/Administrator, give me a reality check…how am I doing?
Statement of Goals (things to accomplish as Educational Leader/Administrator)
∙ establish and maintain a safe teaching and learning environment, both physically and emotionally.
∙ establish and extend effective channels of communication for parents/families to communicate with building leadership and teaching staff (and vice-versa).
∙ listen to all stakeholders before making big decisions; remain open-minded as long as possible (reserve judgment), then act quickly; finally, transparently explain final decisions to all stakeholders (related to goal above). Quote: “Be quick—but don’t hurry.” John Wooden
∙ model empathetic leadership; think…what would it feel like to be the other person/people in this situation?…what are the possible responses to this conversation because of those feelings?…how can I frame my bottom line so it can be heard?…is this the right time to address my bottom line?
∙ when making big decisions, always keep student well-being and learning as the number one priority.
Are these reasonable? What am I missing? What are strategies that work for you if your goals are similar to mine? Thank you for reading.