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Unique Opportunities for OAC Principals

by | Sep 09, 2013
By Mark Glasbrenner

The role of a principal is demanding, but can be filled with great satisfaction. You, as a principal, have an incredible opportunity to make a difference for students on a large scale. You have a direct impact on student achievement – second only to the impact of the teacher. 

10 Principal Responsibilities 

As you continue to build a legacy of leadership and ensure that our students are future ready throughout this school year, please keep in mind the following principal responsibilities that have been proven through research to increase student achievement. 
  1. Be aware of the details and the undercurrents in running your school. Use this information to address current and potential problems. 
  2. Adapt your leadership behavior to the needs of the current situation and be comfortable with the change process.
  3. Monitor the effectiveness of school practices and their impact on student learning.
  4. Be an advocate and spokesperson of the school to all stakeholders.
  5. Protect teachers from influences and issues that would detract from their teaching time or focus.
  6. Foster shared beliefs and a sense of community and cooperation.
  7. Involve teachers in the design and implementation of important decisions.
  8. Be knowledgeable about current curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices. Provide guidance regarding effective classroom practices.
  9. Establish a set of standard operating procedures and routines.
  10. Be willing to and actively challenge the status quo.
Through these responsibilities, you’ll be able to ensure a culture focused on your students and your school community. 

Opportunities for OAC Principals

To help support you in your role as an OAC principal, there are several unique opportunities for you to take advantage of.
  • SOAR Principals Academy: The SOAR Principals Academy is designed for Ohio principals and building leaders to network with each other and assess school culture, review school’s strengths and identify areas of improvement, learn from practitioners in the field, and explore current leadership studies and research on what makes a principal highly effective. For more information and dates, view this flyer. Interested in participating but haven’t signed up yet? Contact Anthony Holt or Bobby Moore.
  • OAC Principals Collaborative: The OAC Principals Collaborative is a program developed by, and specifically for, principals in OAC/TIF districts. This program will provide a powerful experience for rural principals to learn, share, and collaborate in sessions directly connected to their work and experiences within the OAC. OAC/TIF principals will discuss topics pertinent to the principalship, collaborate on common issues and challenges, and share best practices and tools. For more information and dates, view this flyer. Questions? Contact Mark Glasbrenner.
  • OAC Principals Fall Webinar Series: This three-part webinar series, designed specifically for OAC principals, will center on implementation of the Common Core State Standards and leadership actions for success on the PARCC assessments. View the webinar series flyer for dates, times, and more information. A link to join the webinar will be sent to OAC principals two weeks prior to each webinar.
I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to learn, share, and grow with each other. Please leave any questions you have in the comments below. And, of course, don’t forget to take care of yourself and have fun!