2. Clear, Comprehensible Goals. For Alber, the principal’s “fundamental philosophy and beliefs about educating children stay the same, and are transparent to all…Her academic goals for the school in general are crystal clear to other administrators, and to teachers, students, and parents.” Funny you are reading this on my blog, because in part it is my goal to use this blog to be as transparent as possible, to make as clear as I can my goals– that we be a school that works, in Tony Wagner’s words, to close the global achievement gap, to be a school where students are motivated and challenged and supported to acquire the habits of minds and to master the skills necessary in this new century, and to be a school where students learn by doing, by being genuinely engaged in the work of their own learning.
3. A Colleague, not a Politician. Alber: “She listens, and makes eye contact with, and is fair, with the faculty, treating all evenhandedly. Her actions demonstrate that she views teachers and other staff as colleagues. She’s a work-with-me professional rather than a work-for-me type.”
4. Fair is Fair. Integrity is essential, and and I appreciate that Alber believes that fairness comes from listening, from gathering information first, by really trying to see things from different points of view. Always a goal of mine.
5. An Instructional Captain. For Alber, it is about knowing your stuff, being current in educational research, it is about building trust by demonstrating expertise in a way not showy, but by modeling it. This is a place I am really trying to grow toward, and it is my greatest goal.
So there is a rubric for evaluating the effective school leader. Any readers here at St. Gregory care to give me a formative assessment report on how I am doing?