Teachers, what makes an ideal principal?

Education Week asked teachers to share their visions for what makes an ideal principal. Read some of their responses, then share your own take on the #idealprincipal to describe the qualities, traits, and experiences that add up to a strong, effective principal.

  1. Education Week asked teachers to share their visions for what makes an ideal principal. Read some of their responses, then share your own take on the #idealprincipal to describe the qualities, traits, and experiences that add up to a strong, effective principal.
  2. An #idealprincipal understands the social + political contexts in which the school exists, and how to navigate them to maximize learning.
  3. @eghsbiz @EGHSPrincipalRI @MrChaceEGHS My ideal principal won't have forgotten what it's like to be a teacher and never forget why we do our jobs: for the kids. #idealprincipal
  4. "She was visible in a professional non threatening way, she was highly organized. We would stand in line to do her a favor! #idealprincipal" - SportaDiva88 (@Lmachazel)
  5. @educationweek Supports teachers, allows ALL to have a voice, faces the challenges & brainstorms solutions with staff. #idealprincipal
  6. #idealprincipal @educationweek My ideal principal treats me as a professional, encourages my leadership, and supports my students and me.  https://twitter.com/educationweek/status/808348945193848832 
  7. An #idealprincipal is a battling gladiator, in the same arena as me - scarred and marred. @educationweek @BreneBrown #myprincipalrocks
  8. #idealprincipal A principal that is more hands on and actually still works with students once in awhile. Lend a hand in the classroom
  9. "She wanted teacher input! She knew her teachers’ strengths and weaknesses, she had lunch duty, her expectations were clear! #idealprincipal" - SportaDiva88 (@Lmachazel)
  10. #idealprincipal understands that we are educating humans, young ones, and not machines, that are all the same.  https://twitter.com/EdWeekTeacher/status/808857796468948992 
  11. @educationweek #idealprincipal one who leads by example and doesn't forget what life in the classroom is like!
  12. @EdWeekTeacher One who trusts me to do my job, I am an adult. Stop micromanaging. Sees the staff as people. #idealprincipal
  13. #idealprincipal knows all students/staff by name; a veteran teacher; models expected behaviors; sense of humour; great listener  https://twitter.com/educationweek/status/809547339715198976