the role of the principal

Everyone Has a Story

Guest post by Brandon Mowinkel

The role of a principal is complex, tiring, and stressful, to say the least. Balancing the needs of your staff, students, school, and community can wear on you, especially as the school year winds down. Tensions seem to run high as patience wanes.

It is vital for principals to keep the focus where it needs to be—on the students. The demands of the job can pull us in various directions and our need to keep students at the forefront of what we do becomes muddled in the minutia of school life. Every principal must find a way to remember his “why” and continuously keep the focus on students and their learning. In my practice, I use three constant reminders to keep me focused on what matters most. (more…)

I Would Never Want Your Job

Guest post by Jimmy Casas

In the past I have been a part of several conversations with teachers, students, parents, principals, and aspiring administrators about the challenges that come with being a building principal. The conversation caused me to reflect on the work we do on a daily basis as building leaders and to determine what is it exactly that causes others to say, “I would never want your job.”

The truth is I am worried about the long-term impact of potential principal candidates because of the perception that is often associated with the work that we do. (more…)