Develop Your Most Powerful Tool For Influencing And Leading Change Good principals know that empowering student voices is essential. But what about their own voice? If principal voice is not articulate, trustworthy and strong, how can the school achieve progress? Student voice authority Russell Quaglia brings his nuanced understanding of communication, listening, and leadership to this definitive guide to principal voice. Content includes: • How to apply the Listen-Learn-Lead model for student voice to principal voice. • Contrasting examples of good and bad ways to address students, teachers, parents and community. • Prompts for reflection that enable principals to apply the book’s teachings to their unique situation. This series has been developed to bring the best thinking from the leading education change experts in the field. Experts have been asked to reflect upon their collected experience and wisdom to highlight the very best advice they would offer today’ school leaders. This vibrant addition to Corwin’s Impact Leadership series belongs on every forward-thinking educator’s bookshelf alongside other series titles written by well-known authors: • Michael Fullan • Avis Glaze • Andy Hargreaves • Viviane Robinson • Pasi Sahlberg • Yong Zhao
Chapter 3: Principal Voice and Teachers: Less Is More
Principal Voice and Teachers: Less Is More
My first day as a principal: For the first time in my life, I thought I would be in total control of something—that I would be able to make decisions that would show immediate results. It did not take me long to realize that complete power over the intercom, setting an agenda for staff meetings, and sitting at a desk with a “Principal Quaglia” name tag, did not equate to having a voice! In fact, I felt like I had less of a voice than ever.
Somewhere along the line, while earning ...