As a first year principal, I anticipate a job of challenges, possibilities, and results. In order to overcome the challenges, make things possible, and achieve results, a vision must be created. During my leadership experiences, I recognize the power of working together to reach a common goal. When all members are invested, their enthusiasm, energy, and drive are enhanced making the school environment positive and resilient. I want to develop a shared vision with my staff that demonstrates an unparalleled commitment to excellence. We will not only model excellence in our building, but we will inspire our students to pursue excellence. As a staff we will model excellence, and encourage our students to choose excellence every day!
“If we don’t stand for excellence, who will? We are the keepers of the educational beacon of light!” ~Diana Williams
Our school environment will foster the type of learning that will prepare students for the future-a future that requires different abilities, different skills, and different habits of mind. We are the architects for our school, and we must build a school that inspires learning and frees the innovative spirit. To accomplish this I must create opportunities for professional growth. I will show how I am invested in teaching and learning in my conversations with teachers, classroom visits, student interactions, and home connections. Every interaction serves as an opportunity to demonstrate the vision.
Often, we hear educators complaining about the lack of motivation students have today. Yet, who is motivated by control, worksheets, fill in the bubble tests, and other paper and pencil activities? How do these activities foster creativity, curiosity, individuality, and self-motivation? What would happen if students were allowed the freedom to unleash their creativity, to use equipment that promotes their digital minds, and to become passionate learners that change the world? Which one sounds more motivating for not only students, but also teachers? I want our building to be recognized for its laughter, passion, chaos, enthusiasm, inquiry, and values. Our curriculum must be one of integration, based on relevant issues, and meaning for our students. Most importantly, passionate teachers must teach this curriculum in ways that inspires our students. Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess reminded me how important passion is for student learning.
As a principal, my vision will be to create an environment that is conducive to learning, has high expectations for all, demonstrates commitment to student achievement, and creates strong community and parent partnerships. Our school will make decisions based on what is best for students.
Shared leadership… is less like a an orchestra, where the conductor is always in charge, and more like a jazz band, where leadership is passed around … depending on what the music demands at the moment and who feels most moved by the spirit to express the music.’ Schlechy 2001
By “Choosing Excellence Every Day, we will challenge ALL students to reach high levels of success.