The Highly Visible Principal

Are you a visible principal?  Being visible should be one of your primary objectives as a principal.  I regularly walk around my school each day.  I know my students and they know me.  I try to be seen each morning and greet teachers and students before school.  A principal should also be "on duty."  I schedule myself on duty each afternoon during dismissal.  I think it is valuable that students see you each morning and each afternoon before they go home each day.  As the instructional leader of the school one of the biggest areas we should focus on is being visible in the classrooms.

Nelson Coulter says in his book, Leadership Tools for School Principals, whether moving through the building or supervising an extracurricular activity, it is important that you constantly reinforce your commitment to the LEARNING process.  The principal is the lead learner of the campus.  Instruction should be top priority.  The only way to accomplish this is to know the weaknesses and strengths of the your students and teaching staff.  This can only been evident to you if you are The Highly Visible Principal.

Be the change you want the world to see.

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