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1. THEY MEASURE RESULTS FAIRLY AND REGULARLY

Principals who empower teachers devise the right performance metrics and hold everyone accountable to them. You have to continuously gather data about student performance and distribute that information—both the criteria and the results—to everyone involved.

2. THEY BUILD A CULTURE OF OPEN, HONEST DEBATE.

Principals demand those they entrust with important work of educating children to execute it well, but they also stay open to considering new approaches. In those cases, a good instructional leader requires their teachers to back up new proposals with research and data. And of course the most collaborative school leader allows everyone who might be a stakeholder in a change you’re considering weigh in.

3. THEY INVEST IN INNOVATION, AND IMPROVEMENT

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. You’ll know from the measurements you take when things are going smoothly and don’t need to be touched. But, sharing leadership and letting others take the helm in carrying out certain duties frees an effective school leader up to find ways where they might be done differently altogether. Delegating can actually open up new opportunities for innovation and can contribute to the formation of future school leaders.

4. THEY MAKE THE RIGHT RESOURCES AVAILABLE

Effective school leaders must offer robust professional development so the staff charged with handling certain work has the skills and tools to do it.

5. THEY DEFINE THE “WHAT” AND DELEGATE THE “HOW”

Effective Catholic School Leaders. Give the responsibility for accomplishing something to others, but let them sort out the best way to go about accomplishing it. That gives your teachers a chance to prove that they are the consummate professional Catholic educator – intelligent, talented, capable, and a heart filled with missionary zeal.

6. THEY RECOGNIZE ACHIEVEMENTS

Reward exceptional work when you see it. Effective Catholic School Leaders are on the lookout for future leaders who can distinguish themselves when they’re given the chance.

7. THEY SHOW REAL CURIOSITY IN THEIR TEACHERS’S WORK

Effective Catholic School Leaders ask good questions to encourage teachers to think clearly and demonstrate what they know. They also, share ideas strategically, and don’t dictate solutions.

8. THEY ESTABLISH AND NURTURE A FAITH FILLED COMMUNITY

Effective Catholic School Leaders build and nurture a community where students, staff and parents can experience and establish a relationship with the Risen Christ.

Thank you for reading!

Steve Virgadamo