6Precepts for Principals
Education leaders don’t need “innovation” or
“reform.” They need to solve a problem. Is it lack
of parental engagement? High failure rates in
algebra? Start by defining the problem.
—Frederick M. Hess, p. 30
More intensive evaluation of
teachers doesn’t lead to better
teaching. What does? Collectively
monitoring student learning through
professional learning communities.
and Mike Mattos, p. 34
New principals leading high-poverty,
“failing” schools must cultivate
sources of hope before they begin
to tackle dysfunctional school
structures and patterns.
—Deborah S. Peterson, p. 74
Principals who believe in the
capacity of all students set a
rigorous performance standard and
refuse to accept mediocrity.
and Christina Theokas, p. 56
Being a good leader isn’t about
having power over others but
about instilling power in others.
—Jessica Bohn, online
Progress comes when people recognize
the need for change and believe that they
themselves can play an essential role.
—Jean Johnson, p. 16
Source: The collective wisdom of authors
published in the April 2013 issue of
Educational Leadership, “The Principalship”
(Volume 70, Issue 7).