Monday, June 27, 2011

New school leadership role? Do these this summer.

hiring-first-employee-100712-02 If you are an administrator starting at a new school this coming fall, you may be wondering about how to prepare.  Here is one thing I did a few years ago (and still do).  You may find it helpful.

Meet with as many teachers of the new school as you can (or who are available) this summer.

  1. Invite them to talk about the school.
  2. LISTEN to them!
  3. Meet them individually.
  4. Meet them on-campus or off, whichever is more comfortable.
  5. Begin to learn their names, what they like about the school, what they would like to see changed, what you should not change under any circumstances, etc.

Meet as many parents of your new school as you can this summer.

  1. Invite them to campus.
  2. Have a few meetings in the morning, share a cup of coffee.
  3. LISTEN to them!
  4. Invite them for small group settings.  There are probably too many to meet one on one.
  5. Begin to learn their names, what they like about the school, what they would like to see changed, what you should not change under any circumstances, etc.

Benefits for you.

  1. You begin to hear the “story” of your new school.
  2. Their first impression of you is:  accessible, willing to listen, cares about my ideas and thoughts,
    not afraid to be “in the front” instead of managing from the office.
  3. Your plans and ideas can now mold themselves around real information beginning in the summer instead of waiting until mid-year.

Transitions, especially in leadership, can cause much anxiety and stress for those in a school (or any organization).  Taking the time to ease those fears and build your reserves of “leadership capital” (from which, I promise, you will need to make withdrawals) is a valuable use of your summer preparation time.

Image Source Page: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/new-employee-hiring-personality-information-0406/

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...