What Makes an Effective Principal?

At CHARACTER COUNTS!, we’re constantly looking for new ways to help instill character in today’s youth and spread our message. One of the most important ways we do that is by making school principals aware of our programs.

“Principals are the ones who must face the hardest challenges, such as figuring out ways to do more for their school with less resources available. The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) ran an interesting feature on what makes for an effective school principal in its Whole Child Newsletter recently, and it’s certainly worth a read.”

Some of the article’s important takeaways include:

  1. More than a third of readers surveyed believed that “the most important standard is for principals to have a clear vision and inspire and engage others in developing and realizing it.”
  2. When evaluating a principal, don’t look at the person. Look at the effects of his/her leadership through school climate, student achievement and teacher effectiveness.
  3. Other important qualities for principals to exhibit include: fostering a cohesive culture of learning; modeling professional and ethical behavior; and continually monitoring the teaching and learning process.

For more on how CHARACTER COUNTS! can help improve your school’s climate, click here.