New Principals: Spotlight on Relationship-Building
November 2014, Volume 38, Issue 3
While new principals feel confident about their schools’ safety and instructional quality, parent involvement presents a challenge.
That’s just one finding from the October Rise and Shine brief, which presents survey results from NAESP’s National Panel of New Principals. The panel aims to explore the challenges and triumphs of early career principals, along with the solutions they find most effective. Each month, the panel of first- and second-year principals answers a few brief questions about their experiences and what has helped them address challenges. Last month, the panel explored programs and relationships within their schools.
Most new principals report excellent relationships with students (99 percent of panelists), staff (97 percent), and parents (94 percent). But, interestingly, less than half of panelists report feeling confident about parent involvement in their school, perhaps indicating that this is an area that principals hope to grow.
“We had some new students arrive six weeks after school started. They had a hard time adjusting, and I realized we did not have a process in place for welcoming new students and their families—so we are now creating a new student orientation.”
“[I had an “aha” moment] when I discovered how to work with a difficult parent. At the end of the day, she just wanted someone to listen to her.”
“[I’ve realized] the power of a positive phone call home to increase morale and share good news with families.”
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