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3 Principles for Principals



In today’s world, it is important that the public trusts and has fidelity in the idea that our education systems are built upon a foundation of equity and excellence. As school leaders usher in a new era of education, they must update the framework to continue serving students and staff at the highest level by establishing new guidelines for prioritizing accessibility, empowerment, and engagement is critical to preparing students of all backgrounds for bright futures. As the primary caretakers of this environment, principals play an indispensable role in guaranteeing students, staff, and even external stakeholders are properly supported and encouraged to excel. 

Here are some principles to adhere to in the coming academic year:

Achievement starts with accessibility

One of the best ways educators can help students feel comfortable and accommodated in their learning is by offering lessons that are suited for all learning styles. To increase classroom SEL, start each day with emotional check-ins and/or mindful practices. This can be enhanced by encouraging SEL vocabulary, like “I learn from my mistakes.”

Empowered students can help monitor their own progress

The main goal for teachers and school administrators is to prepare students for the world outside of the educational institution’s walls. Therefore, we recommend using the Gradual Release of Responsibility method to empower students to hone their discernment and decision-making skills. In addition, we must guide students to be solutions-oriented and guarantee that qualified counselors are available to students as they transition to young adulthood.

Encouraging connectivity creates engaged students

To prepare students to collaborate as adults, schools should feel encouraged to create opportunities for learners to work together. Campuses may also host community events to increase stewardship of the school. With increased accessibility and transparency for key stakeholders, buy-in of institutional leadership will increase.

Much of students' learning experience is based on their perception of and comfort level in the environment in which they are expected to thrive and develop.  School leaders should feel encouraged to counsel staff and students alike to create a productive, goal-oriented, and equitable learning environment. Building social/emotional intelligence and connectivity through the above three principles is a practice that will curate continual improvement, stimulate community engagement, and empower students to achieve.

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