How secondary school principals can master the Common Core

“This is about a second order change—we have to learn new skills, new habits, and new behaviors. We have to unlearn what bad habits we have,” he said.

School leaders must know what their school’s teachers know about the standards, and they must be knowledgeable about what needs to be done in the classroom as well as what must be done on a building level.

“This is a big culture change for schools,” Riddile said.

School principals will need vision, focus, and a positive mindset as the process continues.

“The fidelity of implementation of these standards is going to be the ‘make it or break it’ issue,” Riddile said. “We’ll have to collaborate [and] share leadership throughout the school; leaders are going to have to grow more leaders … and build the collective capacity of our staff.”

Laura Ascione

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