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The Principal Story Learning Guide

To advance the professional learning of aspiring and current school leaders

The Principal Story

Unit 5: Managing people, data, and processes



Purpose: Unit 5 provides participants with an opportunity to identify principal behaviors necessary to address instructional deficiencies, use multiple sources of data, and create support systems and structures. Follow these links to move through the sections of this unit. Approximate Time: 4-5 hours.


 

Facilitators: Adult learning professionals may use this web-based learning tool in principal preparation courses or in workplace study sessions. Facilitators may encourage participants to take advantage of the writable PDFs to record and save their responses. For onsite study groups or classes, the facilitator may choose to print relevant worksheets and provide them to participants. Depending on class structure and learning goals, facilitators will use these tools to provide group and individual learning experiences within the following structure:

     Consider ideas and connect with others
   Watch the film clip
   Read the excerpt
   Complete the activities

 

 


 

Consider ideas and connect with others

 

Think about the role of a school principal to manage people, data, and process. Independently, respond to questions on the worksheet and exchange responses with a partner. Connect with others, if applicable, to discuss common themes.
  1. What does it mean for principals to manage people, data, and processes?
  2. What examples of each action (managing people, data, and process) can you share from your own experience?

 

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Watch the film clip

 

View a clip on managing people, data, and processes to see research in practice. Use the Big ideas chart to guide independent note-taking while viewing.

Clipboards in hand, area administrators conduct a walk-through of classrooms at Nash Elementary. They tell principal Tresa Dunbar they are looking for ways to improve instruction and benefit children. At Harvard Park, teachers incorporate data in a grade-level problem-solving session about low reading, math, and writing scores. [4 minutes, 42 seconds]

 


 

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Read the excerpt

 

Excerpt from: The School Principal as Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning (The Wallace Foundation, 2013), 14-15.

“In the great scheme of things,” noted one research report, “…schools may be relatively small organizations. But their leadership challenges are far from small, or simple.”1 To get the job done, effective leaders need to make good use of the resources at hand. In other words, they have to be good managers.

Effective leaders studied by University of Washington researchers nurtured and supported their staff members, while facing the reality that sometimes teachers don’t work out. They hired carefully, but — adhering to union and district personnel policies — they also engaged in “aggressively weeding out individuals who did not show the capacity to grow.”2 Read more...

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Complete the activities

 

Working in small groups or at their own pace, learners observe, discuss, engage, and reflect on the ideas and information presented in the film clips and related materials. Follow these links to tools that include writable PDF files to support this work.

     Activity 1: Discover personal assumptions
   Activity 2: Review research
   Activity 3: Link research with practice
   Activity 4: Take action
   Activity 5: Reflect


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