Principal Principles……

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Through my WWU EDAD 543 class, I have been able to visit numerous schools in the south sound area. There was so many amazing resources and information that was given to me by some amazing principles. I thought I’d share some of them with you as well.

  • Be a change agent.
  • Kids are not “at risk” they are “at hope.”    Kids at Hope
  • Adopt Make your Day behavior management   Make Your Day
  • ACES program   ACES too high
  • Morning Meetings – whole school and classroom Classroom Morning Meetings Whole School Morning Meeting
  • Use principles of Restorative Justice Restorative Justice in Schools
  • Communities in Schools Website
  • Consider home visits to every student, utilizing every staff member prior to the first day of school.
  • Find ways to have after school programs.
  • Hire more paras.
  • Hire a consultant to assist in school culture development – Shelby Skaanes
  • Character Education programs so very important
  • Build school culture with wristbands for every student at the start of year.
  • Hold an all school assembly on the first day of school to help build community.
  • Add SWBAT to connect, compete, and collaborate as global citizens to your mission.
  • High schools can hold Intervention Nights where students can come and receive help from teachers.
  • Social Media issues top the current discipline trend.
  • Kids are first, Staff is a close second.
  • Establish a strong building leadership team
  • Hold a summer soiree Meet and Greet
  • Plan on team building activities throughout the year for staff
  • Have a clear professional development focus
  • Clarify and define all system expectations
  • No one has the right to interfere with the learning or safety of others.
  • Do what is expected and do it the best that you can.
  • Read Ruby Payne’s book “A Framework for Understanding Poverty”
  • Create staff norms for meetings.
  • Create your Core Values and stick to them.
  • Don’t be compromised by “political wind”
  • You must be willing to take calculated risks in the name of school improvement.
  • Use conflict as a learning tool.
  • Discipline should be used a chance to learn and grow – to educate.
  • You must have authentic and material material.
  • If you are disrespected, you must give respect back.
  • Find a balance to be humbled and big enough to take criticism.
  • Student engagement=student achievement.
  • Participate in daily classroom walk throughs, and have teachers walk through each others classrooms.

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