Recently, a teacher and I presented on the complex topic, Principal/Teacher Partnerships. We really set out to communicate one clear message: If teachers and principals do not model–and continuously nurture–great partnerships, then students will ultimately lose out. This is easier said than done too.
Casey Stengel really hit the nail on the head when he said, “It’s easy to get good players. Getting them to play together, that’s the hard part.” The same dynamic is perhaps true in any organization–including schools.
After some brainstorming on the subject, we came up with three overarching recommendations:
- Teachers and principals must, first and foremost, believe in one another. Differences of opinions, experiences, and cultures should be recognized and celebrated.
- Teachers and principals must buy in to the notion that ‘we are smarter than me’.
- Teachers and principals must have a grasp on the processes to build successful teams.
Dr. Perry Wiseman
Author of the book, Strong Schools, Strong Leaders
Founder/CEO of WiseFoundations