EDUPSTAIRS has developed a FREE handbook that aims to help Public School Principals as they carry out their duties. The handbook provides guidance on three important areas:
- Academic Leadership,
- School Leadership and
- School Development Planning.
This handbook is NOT a policy document but it is a practical guide that is designed as a reference for Public School Principals to consult as they carry out their day to day roles and responsibilities. It will support Public School Principals to lead an effective school with the primary aim of improving teaching and learning in their schools.
The best School Principals will recognize that all teachers are different. They need different things and achieve different kinds of excellence. This means that the best School Principals do not spend their time pretending to know all of the answers and telling people what to do.
They spend their time watching, listening, discussing, planning and implementing, and trying to help other people to do their jobs better. This handbook gives some suggestions about how to do this but it is not an instruction manual and it does not have all of the answers.
Just to sum up…
Knowledge grows within those who discipline themselves to think about what is known and what still needs to be known. The design of effective learning opportunities needs to begin with a clear idea of what we want people to know and be able to do. In this way we learn from one another and we develop new insights.
Teaching professionals are people, and their personal professional growth is as legitimate a concern of education as is the cognitive and effective development of learners. Learning to teach is a developmental progress from early concerns with “self” to a gradual focus upon issues related to student learning and eventually to the school climate.
If we can help educators and school leaders understand where they stand, and if they can stand there with dignity, security, satisfaction and competence, then everyone will make improvements.
Our teachers and school leaders need to be frequently supported by us, encouraging the importance of the work they do, even during the pandemic and beyond.