“Creating A Positive Climate: What Administrators Can Do to Lift Classroom Teachers”
This list was generated by Maine Assistant Principals at the
MPA Assistant Principals’ Conference on October 27, 2014
- Sub for teachers so they have time for professional development and other.
- Find flexibility for staff (time).
- Encourage (outside) professional development.
- Aide in communication, be supportive with stakeholders.
- Build capacity in staff
- Take the “annoying” little things and distractions off their minds. Listen, try, and hear those issues.
- Support your good/strong teachers when they get fed up.
- Foster culture of pre-forgiveness-embrace failure as the process
- Helping teachers take risks/try new things
- Consistency, supporting teachers
- Targeted professional development for teachers per their request
- Praise good teaching – in evaluations and informal feedback
- Administrative newsletter supporting teachers for the week, including good news, identifying good teaching/teachers
- Share leadership
- Listen more than you speak.
- Be visible . . . interact.
- Know and be part of your community.
- Model positive interactions with kids.
vConsider feedback from teachers regarding professional development needs.
vBe available to support success in classrooms.
- Disciplinary support
- Be a resource
- Respect the teachers as leaders
- Take down small barriers, i.e. $ for a book, alternative space, cover a classroom
- Support/suggest professional development opportunities
vShow appreciation for staff, i.e. staff breakfast, duty coverage.
vSupport personal/family needs.
vTimely responses to e-mails and consistent communication.
vEnsure meetings are meaningful; honor people’s time.
- Recognize time is a valuable commodity . . . don’t waste their time.
- Remove road blocks, provide resources.
- Be consistent
- Develop relationships, trust . . . to get to best outcome. Be collaborative.
- Not just about evaluation . . . feedback is about growth.
- Provide a positive, consistent male role model if one can be present and is necessary.
- Use discipline as educational opportunity.
- Foster relationships that are viewed as a partnership. Have confidence to come in and close door to work on something.
- Brainstorm with teacher in pre-observation conference.
- Honesty, be direct.