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Strong principal networks influence school culture

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The Learning Communities standard documents the role of collaborative learning in helping practitioners reach their individual and collective goals. See how School Leaders Network brings networks of principals together to identify, reflect on, and accelerate critical leadership skills using a research-based learning approach that focuses on student achievement. Learn how they share best practices, challenges, and issues that foster or inhibit their individual leadership efforts while building a culture based on trust, collaborative learning, and collective responsibility.

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Strong principal networks influence school culture

  1. 1. Source Title Body Strong principal networks
  2. 2. This presentation is a supplement to the full article. Download more information, resources, and tools to help you implement these ideas in The Learning Principal (Spring, 2013). Available at www.learningforward. org/publications/learning-principal. Download the original article and accompanying tools This newsletter was made possible with support from
  3. 3. The principal’s job is growing more complex Source: MetLife. (2012). MetLife survey of the American teacher: Challenges for school leadership. NY: Author. Available at www.metlife.com/teachersurvey. • 75% of principals feel the job has become too complex. • 69% of principals say the job responsibilities are not very similar to five years ago. • 59% of principals are very satisfied with their job, down from 68% very satisfied in 2008. • 48% of principals feel under great stress.
  4. 4. Job satisfaction increases within learning communities • Principals who are very satisfied with their jobs are more likely to participate in a learning community with principals of other schools (93% vs. 79%). • Participating in a learning community is more common among principals who say they are not likely to leave the profession than among those who say they are likely to leave (89% vs. 82%). Source: MetLife. (2012). MetLife survey of the American teacher: Challenges for school leadership. NY: Author. Available at www.metlife.com/teachersurvey.
  5. 5. Source: Neale, E. & Cone, M. (2013, Spring). Strong principal networks influence school culture. TheLearningPrincipal8(3). (p. 1). Principals need ongoing support Principals work largely in isolation, and experience with a supportive community of fellow principals is rare. Most principals receive training, are certified, and then become full-fledged school leaders, without systems of ongoing learning or support.
  6. 6. Source: Neale, E. & Cone, M. (2013, Spring). Strong principal networks influence school culture. TheLearningPrincipal8(3). (p. 4). Develop a network culture A strong network culture is critical to successful learning communities — specifically, a culture based on trust, collaborative learning, and collective responsibility.
  7. 7. • Principals learn about themselves as leaders and implement new efforts at school when they believe the network is a safe space. • Attributes of a safe group: skilled facilitator, established group norms, and models of risk- taking by long-time group members. • Facilitators should emphasize sharing, listening, learning, and increasing leadership capacity and student achievement. Source: Neale, E. & Cone, M. (2013, Spring). Strong principal networks influence school culture. TheLearningPrincipal8(3). (pp. 1-3). Build trust
  8. 8. Harness the knowledge and capacity that individual principals bring with them and build upon their existing strengths. Discuss national leadership research, explore school-based problems, examine possible solutions, and share experiences with implementation. Source: Neale, E. & Cone, M. (2013, Spring). Strong principal networks influence school culture. TheLearningPrincipal8(3). (pp. 1-3). Engage in collaborative learning
  9. 9. • Maintain a sense of mutual accountability for all members. • Hold each other responsible for applying what they learn. • Implement learning communities within members’own school settings. • Visit each other’s campuses and share resources to develop a sense of collective ownership within the learning community. Source: Neale, E. & Cone, M. (2013, Spring). Strong principal networks influence school culture. TheLearningPrincipal8(3). (pp. 1-3). Develop collective responsibility
  10. 10. Learn more with Learn more about professional learning at all levels of education with Learning Forward, an international nonprofit association of learning educators: www.learningforward.org Membership in Learning Forward gives you access to a wide range of publications, tools, and opportunities to advance professional learning for student success.

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