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Roles of a School Director

Roles of a School Director

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The Role of the Director as a Supervisor and Administrator of the Community School Aixa Morales Avellanet Educ 620 Metropolitan University February 3, 2012

(PPAA Test Results) Success in leading reforms to increase student achievement often hinged upon a principal's ability to create a shared vision within the school community and success in implementing new organizational structures that engage teachers in shared decision-making.Principals are responsible for the overall operation of their schools. Some of their duties and responsibilities are delineated by the state or in our case in the Puerto Rico Department of Education. Principals also interact with parents who serve on school advisory boards. when students are not succeeding academically. Principals report that they spent a significant part of their time working with parents of students who have been identified as needing special services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 (IDEA). and when parents have concerns. the new roles. duties and responsibilities of principals expanded further to include the responsibility for leading school reform that would raise student achievement. States and school districts have also set expectations for principals through their principal evaluation criteria and procedures. Principals have discovered that engaging the entire school staff in making decisions results in more commitment to school reform initiatives. and booster clubs. As the accountability movement gained momentum. Principals are also responsible for facilitating their school's interactions with parents and others in the school community. With this shift in . With schools facing increased pressure to improve teaching and learning. This responsibility includes working with parents when disciplinary issues arise. the role of the principal changed from school manager to school instructional leader and then to the school reform leader. parent/teacher organizations.

who are in areas where the potential for injury is greater such as labs. Principals currently play multiple roles: school manager. and the assignment of supervisory responsibilities among school personnel. and the leader of school reform Principals continue to be responsible for the management of their schools even though their primary responsibility has shifted. and common sense. the role of the principal in Puerto Rico and many states will likely change. Research studies have supported the key roles principals play in their school's success and point to other leader characteristics as critical to the principal's success.) where additional caution is required. As these changes take place. the development of overall school discipline policies and the enforcement of those policies. Vouchers. The responsibility for supervision remains high for older students who are handicapped. and who are in situations (field trips. the need for supervision changes as students mature. shops. This responsibility includes ensuring that facilities and equipment are safe and in good working order. principals retained their management roles. At the elementary level.role focus. the role of the principal will also change. instructional leader. initiative. . tolerance for ambiguity. These characteristics include high energy. principals are cognizant of their responsibility to ensure constant supervision of the very young children in the school. researchers are beginning to look into the principal's role in leading schools that are increasingly diverse As society continues to change and technological advances change the tools available for teaching. etc. As society grows more diverse. sense of humor. As students advance into the higher grades. analytical ability. One major management responsibility is school safety. and technology have the potential to change schooling in fundamental ways. athletic events. and athletic facilities. charter schools.

. John T. Marching into a New Millennium.. 4th edition. Thomas J. 2000. Larry W. NJ: Merrill.References Jenlink. Lanham. 1999. ed. Patrick M. The Principalship: A Reflective Practice Perspective. The Principalship: New Leadership for New Challenges. The Principal: Creative Leadership for Effective Schools. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. Gerald C. Hughes. Seyfarth. Ubben. MD: Scarecrow. 2001. Upper Saddle River. and Norris. . Sergiovanni. 4th edition. Cynthia J... Boston: Allyn and Bacon. 2001.

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