Ethical Principal Leadership

How principals can ensure they hold themselves to high ethical standards

Topics: Professional Standards

Principals are charged with ensuring their schools adhere to standards, whether it’s related to curriculum, building safety, or otherwise. But foundational to a school leader’s practice are ethical standards, which are woven throughout everything they do. We sat down with several administrators to discuss what it means to be an ethical leader, and how principals can best hold themselves to the highest standards.

Scott Borba is superintendent-principal of Le Grand Union Elementary School District in Califor­nia. He also sits on NAESP’s board as the repre­sentative of Zone 9 and is an adjunct professor at California’s State University– Stanislaus for school law.

Diane Edwards is chief academic officer for Chesapeake (Virginia) Public Schools and supports NAESP in coaching mentors.

Jayne Ellspermann is founder and CEO of Jayne Ellspermann LLC, a school leadership development company. She has spent 40 years in education, 25 of them as a school principal.