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  1. I’ve had school leaders who have just done a great job operationally to keep external stress off of classroom teachers and that helps a great deal with overall morale. It was leadership for innovation, but it let great teachers continue to be great and feel safe to take their own chances.

    Quality candidates to be leaders in schools is an issue as well. Of the folks I went to grad school with in Milwaukee, a few of us have excelled. Many I wouldn’t suggest hiring because they couldn’t meaningfully contribute to a project.

  2. Hey Pal,

    First, hope you are well and happy!

    Second, I couldn’t agree more with this quote from the article that you cite:

    “If we can bring best-in-class leadership and management practices to education, we can create schools and school systems where our nation’s most talented, diverse professionals clamor to work now and for decades to come.”

    But here’s the hitch — at least here in the US: School leadership have created work environments where “talented, diverse professionals” are stifled and where their intellectual energy is crushed largely because we remain hell-bent on producing results on end of grade tests — a metric that (1). no one believes in and (2). requires instructional practices that are mindless.

    That leaves those talented professionals in an uncomfortable position: We either conform to avoid “getting in trouble”, which sucks out our professional souls, or we leave looking for environments that are more empowering and rewarding.

    It’s real. And it’s ugly. And I’m not sure it’s going to change anytime soon.

    Anyway — sorry to be a dark cloud this morning. I guess I’m just feeling this tension more and more as I continue to fight for more responsible practices in public schools from the position of a classroom teacher.

    Rock on,
    Bill

    • George

      Hey Bill,

      This is why “innovation” in leadership is so crucial. How do we work within the constraints of the system and create something to unleash talent as opposed to stifle it? This will take creative leadership and hopefully more people will see that the process of change starts with ourselves.

      • Trinadh Yerra

        I see two situations here where a teacher focuses on teaching in a way that brings out the best out of students, and another is the focus on grades of the overall class. Sometimes they don’t go along well. There has to be a hybrid solution.

  3. Trinadh Yerra

    Teachers play a key role in building a nation. Their growth, development, and well-being should be taken care of.

  4. First of all, there is no such thing as good leader or bad leader. Either you are leader or you are not. It’s just that.

    Still a good write up. One of the institute I teach has exactly the same issues you have pointed out here. The head of my institute is not fit for leadership and due to this many qualified teachers have left. They left because they were forced to teach subjects that were out of their expertise.

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