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Are you ready to be a school principal?

Are you ready to be a school principal?

Effective school leaders involve themselves in all levels of a school’s operation.

Modeling excellence, building a team of dedicated educators, and instilling a sense of pride throughout the school community are all essential when it comes to establishing and maintaining a successful school culture, according to effective school principals.

“In my experience, it’s about people who are community builders…[who] have high expectations of themselves but also of others, where they believe that excellence is the standard,” said Jimmy Casas, principal of Iowa’s Bettendorf High School in the Bettendorf Community School District, during an edWeb webinar about how school administrators can prepare themselves to be effective school leaders.

“You can’t just talk about excellence—you have to model it, all the time, in behavior, decisions, and expectations of others,” he said.

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  1. samreenm

    June 21, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Yes, I am. Cases rightly said success builds success. What we see is that people just keep on thumbing the importance of education without even bothering what type of educators we are providing to our students.
    There is much greater responsibility on the part of principal. Cases gave substantial suggestions.

    Samreen M

  2. wimberlyj

    June 24, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Excellence is important, but character also is important. Administrators must understand that all employees can contribute and should be treated fairly in every area.

  3. deanquam

    July 2, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Great read! It’s true that there are no strong schools without strong leaders, and that’s why principals are so important. Through our research, CEHD offers 6 ways for principals to create a high-performing school:
    -Dean Quam, University of Minnesota College of Education & Human Development