Take care not to grapple with “the bubbles at the top of the pot” without looking at the flames that are creating the
; Take turns hosting and providing leadership. Principals can offer their buildings as meeting sites so participants can
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neutral and comfortable setting.
Informal meetings may lead you to organize a formal center like our Midwest
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such as regional offices of education and
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Most “principaling” takes place in isolation. Principals desperately want to talk
to one another—to find they are not
alone, to be affirmed in their work, and
to discover the courage to persevere.
Blogs, Nings, and webcam technologies
can support our need for community.
These add to, but do not substitute for,
Conversation about craft knowledge
is more than talk. It is neither therapy
nor the simple venting of frustrations,
although both of these occur within it.
Such conversation requires deep listening, a willingness to trust, and an ability
to have a high regard for one another. It
is learning at its best!
What did we learn from Louise’s
story? Principals returned home better
able to address crises and more aware of
the importance of parent communication and ongoing relationships with
community agencies. They sensed,
above all, that the dilemmas they face
and the problems they confront are
common experiences. What they unmistakably heard is “You are not alone.”
Principals need not continue to go it
alone. We need one another’s wisdom,
support, and affirmation. This is how
we learn best. EL
Joanne Rooney is Codirector of the
Midwest Principals’ Center; joanne