decision. “Your decisions” are those
When we seek
made by teachers. “Our decisions” are
made collaboratively by teachers and
administrators. And sometimes I make
the call: It’s “My decision.”
Using the phrase “your decision, our
decision, my decision” with my staff
makes it easier for them to understand
who’s responsible for what, and this
knowledge helps us work more effec-
tively and efficiently. I note that ped-
agogy is a “your decision,” for example.
consensus, we may
only allow 20 or
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even only 10 percent
of the group to veto
We Set the Standards!
I need to be informed and be part of the
discussion, but teachers decide. Student
assignments are our decision; we work
together. My decisions are those for
which I am responsible. I raise trial balloons and elicit input, but it’s my call.
Teacher evaluations fall here.
Thinking about who decides what
also helps me understand when I should
work for consensus and when I should
not. Which decisions fall where at your
school, and when is seeking consensus
not appropriate? EL
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Thomas R. Hoerr is head of school at
the New City School, 5209 Waterman
Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108; trhoerr@
newcityschool.org. He is the author of
The Art of School Leadership (ASCD,
2005) and School Leadership for the
Future (NAIS Press, 2008).