Great schools come from great leaders. What is your district doing to ensure consistently excellent 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.
We know that there are specific standards that principals must adhere to. The challenge is finding the right professional development that can bring those standards to school leaders consistently and in a format that is easily implemented. Courses on the Leaderally Learning Platform align with the NAESP standards for “What Principals should know and be able to do.”
Our focus on the core pillars of leadership, (communication, management and strategy), ensures our alignment with these standards. We have created and curated courses based on topics that administrators asked for and education leaders need to know to be successful.
We want to get to the nitty gritty of what is driving the school and its educators. We start with an in depth needs assessment that allows us to see what’s really going on and where the holes in the foundation are. Together with school and district leaders, we’ll develop the professional development path that matches the specific needs of those leaders.
Our goal for each school leader is that they don’t just match the national standards, but that they exceed what is necessary to feel successful in this immensely important job. Knowing that 50% of school leaders leave their role in year three, we need to make sure we’re matching needs and not wasting time. This is why we use micro-learning and on-demand courses in addition to our virtual live courses and other social learning opportunities.
Please contact us to learn more and start the conversation and increase school leader retention in your school.
Follow up is critical to this kind of development. Having the one-to-one coaching after taking the course is a key to success.Cindy D., Retired Principal