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 4: Principal Voice and Parents: Be Proactive and Create Partnerships
Principal Voice and Parents: Be Proactive and Create Partnerships
Perhaps the biggest challenge related to principal voice is reaching and involving parents. Principals want parents involved in their schools (or at least say they do!). Principals are always saying to parents, “This is your school and I want your input,” or “Come by anytime and see what we are doing.” Sounds nice, but imagine if principals received involvement in the format they ask for? Again, the open door policy is good and should remain intact. There are times when a parent arriving unannounced ...