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I believe that teachers are catalysts for student achievement and that teacher development is one of our best tools for impacting student performance. And at the heart of this belief is that, as principals, each of us has within ourselves the skills we channeled as classroom leaders. Remembering what made me an effective teacher has helped me progress towards becoming an effective principal.

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Retaining our Top Teachers Our students deserve a great instructor in front of them who inspires them to achieve their dreams. The role of a teacher is a weighty responsibility, and as a school leader, it’s imperative that I recognize this reality. If we want to provide our students with the education they deserve, great teaching cannot be the exception to the rule.

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The Many Routes to Student Success As a leader, it’s critical that I constantly listen to the needs of students, while keeping in mind my teachers’ unique personalities and learning styles. To do this well, I have to understand the thought process behind a teacher’s actions and adjust real-time coaching from teacher to teacher. My focus is to keep student achievement at the forefront, while encouraging teachers to be themselves.

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Putting Students at the Center of School Leadership I’ve learned that student feedback is the most powerful tool to improve the practice of my teachers. It offers evidence of the outcome of instruction from the mouths of the people who have the most at stake in the process.

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