The Christian school principal must embrace a vision for what the total staff desires to characterize the local Christian school ministry at some time in the future.
The principal must be a thinker. He/she must assume the leadership that is required to establish a vision for the school and to incorporate that vision into organizational, structural, and programmatic goals and policy. It should be realistic; it should be attainable. It should address such things as school culture, school structure, school organization, the system for delivering the school programs, and the students that are enrolled.
Readin’, Ritin’, and Rithmetic has been used as a phrase to describe the goings on in a school. Recently I was reading a pamphlet written several decades earlier that suggested that another “R” be added to the list: Responsibility!
Why? Because responsible students usually grow up to become responsible adults. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines responsible as “able to be trusted to do what is right or to do the things that are expected or required.”
Does the Christian school movement suffer from a lack of quality leadership? The answer is YES. The person in the position that is key to improving the Christian school movement is the Christian school principal.
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It is also true that any commitment to improving Christian schooling must involve those persons at levels above that of the local Christian school. In most cases, that would involve a commitment by the leadership of a local church and the members of a board responsible for policy making concerning the Christian school. But it is the Christian school principal that must lead and direct the activities of the local Christian school. The local Christian school is the site where improvement must occur.
I was recently reading a professional journal when I ran across an article that shares the same title with this article. It was written by a head of school from the Midwest. He had several interesting ideas which sparked my thinking.
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While my list might be a bit different than yours, it would be good for you to prepare your own list as we head into the summer months. You might borrow some of my thoughts and blend them with your own (like I did with my list).
The flurry of grading and lesson plans often trumps personal and professional reading during the school year. My “to read” stack on the nightstand grows each school year in eager anticipation of a visit South and lazy afternoons reading in my mother’s porch hammock.
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In addition to some fiction reading to “clear the cobwebs” out of my brain (last year’s summer indulgence: several titles in the Scarlet Pimpernel series by Baroness Orczy), I always set aside at least one book to digest for professional development. I tend to choose practical books from which I can distill and implement at least one practical application in the coming school year. This summer I’m tackling a book on writing, but here are some recent summer reads that have challenged me on a variety of levels.
Even a casual perusing of the Bible will reveal a number of lessons for the Christian leader. In a course that I am currently completing, our focus has been on leadership, specifically leadership in Christian educational institutions.
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While a large number of reading selections, both books and journal articles, are available on such a broad topic, I was reminded again that the Bible is packed with appropriate input for any course on biblical leadership. It only makes sense. Why? Because the Bible is the final, right answer to all things necessary for living a life pleasing to Christ.
A number of professional education associations have attempted to answer this question. Some have outlined the skills, knowledge, and understandings needed to be an effective educational leader.
Steve Petit, BJU’s 5th President. Courtesy of bju.edu
As I reviewed recently the standards established by the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC), which operates under the auspices of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), I decided to share them with our readership.
Recently I was reading an article in Phi Delta Kappan about how students view digital learning in a much different way than do most experienced educators. While I must confess, I was not reading a digital copy of the article, I found the student views arresting.
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Data from a 2012 National Research Project surveying nearly 365,000 K-12 students was included in the article. Here is the ten-point summary of that data:
Would the families of your students call homework a blessing or a curse?
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In this last of three posts on homework, we move past Taming the Homework Monster and Homework How-to, to consider how we as educators can help parents and students get the most out of homework and help homework become a blessing!