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Hold principals to high standards


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 24, 2014

~~<p>The large pay raises an arbitration panel awarded public school principals come amid an era of rising expectations for Hawaii's public schools &mdash; expectations that will be met only if the Department of Education succeeds in holding principals ultimately accountable for the success or failure of their schools.</p>
<p>It's a lot of responsibility to put on a single campus leader, to be sure, but the research is clear: Great principals are visionary leaders who manage to succeed even in challenging environments and despite a relative lack of resources. They inspire excellence in faculty &mdash; teachers who consider their principals effective have been found to care more about their own work &mdash; and in the students themselves; one study out of Texas found that having an effective principal was the equivalent of two to seven months more learning per year. The profound impact on our young people is unmistakable. As goes the principal, so goes the school.</p>
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The large pay raises an arbitration panel awarded public school principals come amid an era of rising expectations for Hawaii's public schools — expectations that will be met only if the Department of Education succeeds in holding principals ultimately accountable for the success or failure of their schools.

It's a lot of responsibility to put on a single campus leader, to be sure, but the research is clear: Great principals are visionary leaders who manage to succeed even in challenging environments and despite a relative lack of resources. They inspire excellence in faculty — teachers who consider their principals effective have been found to care more about their own work — and in the students themselves; one study out of Texas found that having an effective principal was the equivalent of two to seven months more learning per year. The profound impact on our young people is unmistakable. As goes the principal, so goes the school. Login for more...



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