To inspire, motivate and support the professional development of educational leaders so they can lead strong!
Educational leadership is hard work and although it is the second most contributing factor to school improvement & academic achievement; administrator support programs are not as robust as teacher support programs.
When I began my first year as a secondary principal, I struggled. I was new to some of the blatant opposition to change and the few grievances that were filed against me during my first year, and I needed support. I received some support but I needed more. This made for a very challenging school year and I was ready to throw in the towel. But, I reached out to other leaders and navigated my way through.
School teachers have beginning teacher support and curriculum and instruction professional development throughout their tenure. I argue that school administrators need beginning leadership and support throughout their tenure as well. The issues principals deal with are insurmountable - from budgets to facilities, hires to fires, school boards to students, parents to community partnerships, evaluations to write-ups and everything in between.
The primary goals of this website are to: 1) Provide novice and tenured school principals a forum to seek and receive professional development that is aligned to the CPSELs 2) Develop a learning community of support for principals 3) Provide research based strategies that uniquely tackle the difficulties of school leadership 4) Build a network of administrators that strive to lead strong
Contributors to this page have over 20 years of school leadership experience in elementary & middle school, comprehensive high school, alternative education and adult education.
To lead strong, you need to be a constant consumer of diligent research based leadership and instructional practices, seek and receive PD related to the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSELs), face leadership challenges with courage & integrity, be a leader of learning, seek out support when you need it, lead with passion and support the leadership of other leaders.
We Lead Strong is a collective effort among leaders to develop, support and encourage educational leaders to lead strong!
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Suzanne Rodriguez, Ed.D Doctoral Candidate (Fresno State)
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