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  1. 1. PRINCIPALSHIP: HELPFUL HINTS IN LEADERSHIP Prairie View A& M University Northwest Center, Room 2 February 27, 2007 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM Dr. William Kritsonis, Professor
  2. 2. <ul><li>Clarence Johnson invited Guest Lecturer, Prairie View A&M University </li></ul><ul><li>Class – ADMN 5003 Fundamentals of School Administration invited by Dr. William Allan Kritsonis, Professor, PhD Program in Educational Leadership, Prairie View A&M University / Member of the Texas A&M University, Spring 2007 </li></ul>
  3. 3. FIND A COMFORT COMMUNICATION ZONE AND STAY IN IT <ul><li>Use appropriate language </li></ul><ul><li>Profanity is unacceptable </li></ul><ul><li>Racial comments are illegal, unjust, and immoral (on and off the record) </li></ul><ul><li>Do not accept the heat </li></ul><ul><li>Display an adequate offense </li></ul><ul><li>Hate is always tragic. It is as injurious to the hater as it is to the hated. It distorts the personality and scars the soul….Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. </li></ul><ul><li>(1929-1968) Civil rights leader </li></ul>
  4. 4. KNOW THE LAWS AND RULES THAT GOVERN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT <ul><li>Read the policies </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct meetings with campus leaders on policies </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the rules </li></ul><ul><li>Challenging the rules could have contract implications </li></ul>
  5. 5. ARRIVE EARLY AND STAY LATE <ul><li>Manage by wandering around </li></ul><ul><li>Check the grounds twice weekly </li></ul><ul><li>Greet staff, students, and parents daily </li></ul><ul><li>Give positive comments as departure reminders </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a paperwork time </li></ul>
  6. 6. WALK THE BEAT DAILY <ul><li>Look for trouble </li></ul><ul><li>Find positive “got-cha” for future praise (newsletter) </li></ul><ul><li>Be the heartbeat for the campus </li></ul><ul><li>Show that you care </li></ul><ul><li>Give students and teachers your smile </li></ul>
  7. 7. ESTABLISH WEEKLY BULLETINS AND COMMUNICATIONS <ul><li>You are appreciated – “say it” and “write it” </li></ul><ul><li>Ice cream and cookies on Fridays </li></ul><ul><li>Small gifts at Christmas </li></ul><ul><li>Calendar with birthdays and celebrations </li></ul><ul><li>Read for tips and reminders </li></ul><ul><li>Dine with custodians, teachers, and cafeteria personnel </li></ul>
  8. 8. LISTEN TO YOUR TEACHERS LISTEN TO YOUR STUDENTS LISTEN TO YOUR PARENTS <ul><li>Keep notes </li></ul><ul><li>Defend justice </li></ul><ul><li>Open doors – inside and parking lot </li></ul><ul><li>Be visible in the am and pm </li></ul><ul><li>Visit with students – GT, Special Needs, Athletes, Males, Females, Band, FFA, Regular Students and At-Risk Students </li></ul>
  9. 9. KNOW YOUR STUDENTS: CJ’S TIPS FOR EARLY INTERVENTION WITH HOMELESS CHILDREN <ul><li>The first seven seconds we have with students have immediate as well as lasting effects </li></ul><ul><li>The words you speak echo forever </li></ul><ul><li>Positive attitude is everything </li></ul><ul><li>Create a window of opportunity </li></ul>
  10. 10. ATTEMPT THE IMPOSSIBLE: DEAL WITH TRUANCY AND HOMELESS CHILDREN WITH AN AGGRESSIVE AND POSITIVE ATTITUDE <ul><li>Drop out – 7 year overview </li></ul><ul><li>1991 22.6% </li></ul><ul><li>1992 29.5% </li></ul><ul><li>1993 10.17% </li></ul><ul><li>1994 07.80% </li></ul><ul><li>1995 00.70% </li></ul><ul><li>1996 02.10% </li></ul><ul><li>1997 00.00% </li></ul><ul><li>ACE / CARVER HIGH SCHOOL </li></ul>
  11. 11. KEEP PERMANENT SECRETS <ul><li>Be a counselor </li></ul><ul><li>Leave the office area and discuss issues </li></ul><ul><li>Watch for givers and takers </li></ul><ul><li>Be a giver </li></ul><ul><li>Visit with the total staff </li></ul>
  12. 12. DISCUSS ONLY POSITIVE INCIDENTS ABOUT CAMPUS AND PERSONNEL <ul><li>Defend your test scores – positive comments </li></ul><ul><li>Defend your teachers – “with another year, she will be outstanding” </li></ul><ul><li>Praise your students </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge all negative comments </li></ul><ul><li>Give facts about your school and school district </li></ul>
  13. 13. COMMENTS <ul><li>You have changed my life!! I really appreciated your lecture on Tuesday. </li></ul><ul><li>Your experiences are extensive and very admirable. I especially liked </li></ul><ul><li>what you said about “never arriving”. Most people do their things in life </li></ul><ul><li>that they want to do and then they feel like they are on the highest </li></ul><ul><li>mountain( they arrived). Theoretically they had because of their own </li></ul><ul><li>accomplishments, but most “feel” that they have arrived without any </li></ul><ul><li>motivation to still “Love kids”. I too love my kids Mr. Johnson and until I </li></ul><ul><li>met you that day I felt as if my Love would be going in vain due to the </li></ul><ul><li>societal influences and the disconnection of today’s youth with the </li></ul><ul><li>important past of minorities. The youth today are troubled with influences </li></ul><ul><li>that they do not understand but are influenced in multitudes by the </li></ul><ul><li>negative forces of life and they are disconnecting from reality. It is as if </li></ul><ul><li>they are born in a depression and it grows worse as they reach higher </li></ul><ul><li>numbers in years. As you stated in class that day, they are </li></ul><ul><li>disconnecting themselves from nature. That cease in connectivity means </li></ul><ul><li>that soon and very soon the positive culture of students that used to exist </li></ul><ul><li>at least partially, will continue to crumble in areas of weakness. </li></ul>
  14. 14. COMMENTS <ul><li>I am from a small town in California called Vallejo. Vallejo, Oakland </li></ul><ul><li>and the entire Bay Area for that matter is another Acres home by the </li></ul><ul><li>education the demographics. I have always wanted to make an impact </li></ul><ul><li>on my own city but when I tried it there in California, I had gotten so </li></ul><ul><li>frustrated because other Teachers nor the principals shared my energy </li></ul><ul><li>toward youth development. I tried to lead by example but my examples </li></ul><ul><li>were demeaned, ridiculed and not supported. While so many before </li></ul><ul><li>me were ridiculed they and you still had the perseverance and the </li></ul><ul><li>intestinal fortitude to continue despite opposition. The reason that I was </li></ul><ul><li>so frustrated is because by my trying to lead by example was not </li></ul><ul><li>enough and in California, there weren’t any examples to follow. Martin </li></ul><ul><li>Luther King and all the other great activists and advocates have done </li></ul><ul><li>what they needed to do but the youth do not have the knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>required to appreciate his accomplishments or even the great </li></ul><ul><li>accomplishments that you have made. I lost my energy to provide what </li></ul><ul><li>I had started out to do, which was to teach, so I moved to Houston, TX </li></ul><ul><li>to give it another shot. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>I am a Spanish Teacher so my influences are limited to a language. I </li></ul><ul><li>try to connect the language with the cultures of multiple Spanish </li></ul><ul><li>speaking countries, our countries culture and any other culture that </li></ul><ul><li>may arise and when doing so I also incorporate the civil </li></ul><ul><li>accomplishments of great individuals. As I said earlier, I WAS </li></ul><ul><li>discouraged because of various things but you brought me energy </li></ul><ul><li>again. An accomplished man who did all of his works in one </li></ul><ul><li>community and made an impact based off of a simple yet very </li></ul><ul><li>important idea. “Love the children” “Love the children” “Love the </li></ul><ul><li>children” “Love the children”. As I say these words, I am encouraged to </li></ul><ul><li>do better as a person, a teacher and a professional. I am encouraged </li></ul><ul><li>to return to Vallejo but not without all of my weapons (experiences and </li></ul><ul><li>education). I have decided that at all costs, I must be THE BEST </li></ul><ul><li>Educator and activist that I possibly can because I MUST BRIDGE </li></ul><ul><li>THE GAP. If I do not then who will?? </li></ul>COMMENTS
  16. 16. COMMENTS <ul><li>IF that means that I will need to get a certification in history, math and </li></ul><ul><li>science, it is detrimental that I do so. I have lost too many good friends </li></ul><ul><li>because their teachers, one of the most important people in their lives, </li></ul><ul><li>did not love them enough to go the extra miles required as their </li></ul><ul><li>profession actually mandates. You mentioned “trained” teachers. A </li></ul><ul><li>trained teacher will go the extra miles to save a community where they </li></ul><ul><li>realize saving is needed. Too many of us (teachers & parents) have </li></ul><ul><li>thrown their hands up because of the adversity that we face in the </li></ul><ul><li>classrooms and in the community. I WAS one of those Teachers but you </li></ul><ul><li>were moved into my life because I needed to see a Man that has an </li></ul><ul><li>undying belief that kids can learn and had showed it through his </li></ul><ul><li>accomplishments. MR. JOHNSON, YOU HAVE GAVE ME </li></ul><ul><li>INSPIRATION TO BETTER MYSELF SO THAT I CAN ADD </li></ul><ul><li>BETTERMENT TO THE CHILDREN. Form now on I WILL BE ONE </li></ul><ul><li>OFTHE MUCH NEEDED BRIDGES TO ELIMINATE THE GAP OF </li></ul><ul><li>IGNORANCE. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>I will not be able to touch everyone in the world but the ones that are in </li></ul><ul><li>my world, I will affect them only positively. I thank you so much for </li></ul><ul><li>taking time out to come to our class and for taking time to “work for free” </li></ul><ul><li>for the betterment of the world. I am in class now and I must get back </li></ul><ul><li>to the tasks at hand but I NEEDED you to know what you did for me. </li></ul><ul><li>Maurice Bell </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. C. Johnson, </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you for your presentation on Tuesday night. You are a wonderful </li></ul><ul><li>speaker and can appreciate reality. I enjoyed hearing about your </li></ul><ul><li>Experiences and learning from your wealth of knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>Congratulations on your successes and I look forward to seeing/hearing </li></ul><ul><li>about your bright future. </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you, </li></ul><ul><li>Whitney O'Neal </li></ul>COMMENTS
  18. 18. <ul><li>I just wanted to take the time to let you know how much I really enjoyed </li></ul><ul><li>you coming in on last night and speaking with us about loving the kids. </li></ul><ul><li>It was very informative and I will take that information and make sure I </li></ul><ul><li>put in that extra time, hard work, the gold, effort and most important love </li></ul><ul><li>the kids, Im going to carry this throughout my life. Thanks so much and I </li></ul><ul><li>am honored to have met you. Have a Wonderful Day and rest of the </li></ul><ul><li>years to come. </li></ul><ul><li>Ms. Tiffany Johnson </li></ul><ul><li>It was such a pleasure last night for you to share your past experiences </li></ul><ul><li>with us! I’m happy that people can stand and truly say that hard work </li></ul><ul><li>pays off. This will be my third year teaching and I’m learning things </li></ul><ul><li>daily. My experiences this year has taught me how not to treat my </li></ul><ul><li>faculty! I would like to know if I could contact you in the future if I have </li></ul><ul><li>any questions about my career. I was the young lady wearing the mint </li></ul><ul><li>green shirt. </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks, </li></ul><ul><li>S. Holmes </li></ul>COMMENTS
  19. 19. <ul><li>I really enjoyed your presentation last night and appreciate you coming </li></ul><ul><li>to our class and speaking. Thank you again. </li></ul><ul><li>Sincerely, </li></ul><ul><li>Kevin Firebaugh </li></ul><ul><li>P.E. Dept. </li></ul><ul><li>Mittelstadt Elementary </li></ul><ul><li>832-484-6739 </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. Johnson's presentation was very informative. Thank you for </li></ul><ul><li>introducing him to the class. I hope to one day follow in his footsteps. </li></ul><ul><li>Arleita Evans </li></ul>COMMENTS
  20. 20. COMMENTS <ul><li>Thank you so much! Mr. Johnson was an amazing speaker and I </li></ul><ul><li>learned a lot of valuable information. Thanks again!! </li></ul><ul><li>Rhonda Smith </li></ul><ul><li>Special Education--Team Leader </li></ul><ul><li>Cypress Woods High School </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you so much for presenting to our class on Tuesday night. Your </li></ul><ul><li>presentation was inspirational and it motivated me. Once again, thank </li></ul><ul><li>you. </li></ul><ul><li>Roshunda Jones, Director </li></ul><ul><li>Carver High School Theatre </li></ul><ul><li>2100 S. Victory </li></ul><ul><li>Houston, TX 77088 </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Prospective Dr. C. Johnson, </li></ul><ul><li>Bless you for the moving presentation on last night in Dr. Kritsonis's </li></ul><ul><li>administration class. I am truly motivated. I have been teaching for 11 </li></ul><ul><li>years. Your words mimic my actions and aspirations. I, too, love my </li></ul><ul><li>kids. Although I have not given out &quot;gold&quot;. I have combed hair; supplied </li></ul><ul><li>other toiletries; privately discussed hygiene issues; encouraged </li></ul><ul><li>discouraged parents;and accompanied a student on the maternity </li></ul><ul><li>ward. I believe that I have the gift of motivation. Like you, the evidence </li></ul><ul><li>of my years of labor often surfaces years later. I have been contacted </li></ul><ul><li>by previous students over the years. Those contacts range from e- </li></ul><ul><li>mails, graduation invitations, and phone calls to nominations for </li></ul><ul><li>teacher excellence. Although the money doesn't do the profession </li></ul><ul><li>justice, I am compensated in other ways. Again, bless you for </li></ul><ul><li>encouraging me! </li></ul><ul><li>Roshanda Griffin </li></ul><ul><li>5th Grade Mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>Stehlik Intermediate School </li></ul><ul><li>Aldine ISD </li></ul>COMMENTS