The Need for Strong School Leadership
School leaders are responsible for the success, safety and development of students and educators. They also have their eyes on the maintenance and improvement of materials and buildings, in addition to all the daily fires that pop up. Many principals have very little training and support and often feel isolated in their position. Based on just those responsibilities, it’s no surprise they are leaving this position at such high rates. According to an Ed Week article about a 2014 report on principal turnover rates, “A quarter of the country’s principals quit their schools each year, according to the report, and nearly 50 percent leave in their third year.“ This loss of leadership at schools throughout the country has repercussions that hit hard. In addition to low morale and a disruption in student achievement, the financial costs are quite high. “It costs about $75,000 to recruit and train each replacement,” says Mariah Cone, vice president of knowledge with the School Leaders Network, in an interview with Marketplace in 2014. With such high stakes, we need to change change the way we look at professional development for principals. School leaders need support!
Our vision of professional development has always been that we must hold the foundational aspects of professionalism at the core of each course. We believe that by developing the specific leadership skills of communication, management and strategy, we will ensure that all education leaders can focus more on the success and education of all students. Alignment of courses with the current standards of principal training and development allows schools and districts to make quicker decisions on the correct path of instruction necessary for specific individuals. In addition to on-demand courses, we offer a solution to the feeling of isolation that many administrators feel. We provide social learning opportunities and one-to-one coaching in order to allow this group to come together in a safe, low stakes environment and work on solutions to their concerns together.