Written By: Todd Whitaker
Presented By: Allison Page
1. It’s people, not programs that
made the difference.
2. Get better Teachers
3. Improve the teachers you have
4. Sometimes administrators
focus on ‘buying into’
programs to fix our problems
1. It is never about programs, it should
ALWAYS be about people.
18 THINGS THAT MATTER
5. All principals are aware that
the students in their schools
have individual needs. GREAT
principals are even more aware
that their teachers have
6. Nothing makes the difference
than the quality of our
7. That main variable in the
classroom is the teacher.
-what do teachers expect of themselves?
-what do principals expect of themselves?
8. How do you treat people in
your building? ALL people?
Not just teachers…
-praise must be authentic
-We never have too much nice.
9. Our behavior sets the tone.
out the negatives that do not
matter and sharing a positive
attitude, we can create a much
more successful school.
WE DECIDE THE TONE OF OUR
10. Recognize and use your most
effective teachers as positive role
productivity and maximize other
11. Hire GREAT teachers
-Want the school to
become the best teachers I hire.
12. Standardized tests measure only
a part of what schools should be
-focus on the behaviors
that lead to success, not the beliefs
that stand in the way of it.
13. Focus on behavior, then beliefs
-a change in behavior
leads to a change in beliefs.
maintain a professional respect
for others’ beliefs…But in certain
situations, beliefs are irrelevant;
what really matters is behavior.
In other situations, a change in
behavior paves the way for a
change in beliefs. In these
situations, effective principals
focus on behaviors, not on
14. GREAT principals are loyal to their
students, their teachers, and school.
15. Base every decision on your BEST
-What will my best
-Draw from your
superstar teacher role models in your
school and the change of expanding
acceptance and implementation will
(LESS effective principals
focus on their most resistant teachers)
“Our superstar teachers
will always be effective teachers, BUT
if we do not value their
contributions, they will limit their
influence to their individual
16. Effective principals understand
high achievers, are sensitive to
their needs, and maximize
-High achievers are
the first to leave when they do
not feel valued and important!
17. Set expectations at the start
of the year.
focus on the future, and
18. CLARIFYING YOUR CORE:
-Without a core of
firmly held beliefs, it’s difficult to
steer a steady course.
-With a core, we feel
secure and confident and in
turn, so will our teachers and so
will our students!