What a difference a year makes! Rita Platt reflects on takeaways from her first year as a principal with observations that may buoy other new and aspiring school leaders: avoid your office, encourage laughter, recognize that all staffers play essential roles, and much more.
Being mindful of what is driving the decisions we make as educators is valuable. A good place to start is by defining our own core values. New principal Rita Platt shares a method for distilling those values and tells how she applied hers to several school decisions.
This summer Rita Platt is transitioning from teacher-librarian to principal at her school. With 25 years in education, she feels ready. Sharing a letter she sent to fellow staff members, she asks readers to comment on what principals need to know to be good leaders.