In this episode, I chat with Dr. Cristóbal T. Saldaña who serves as an assistant principal at Los Fresnos High School in deep south Texas. This is his twentieth year in education. He is passionate about student success and mentoring budding leaders. He recently launched the Building Leaders Podcast and is the author of One Step Edu, his blog. … Read More
12 Lessons For Instructional Leaders
TL;DR: Instructional leaders play an important role in providing a system that supports teaching and learning so that students will continue to be challenged and grow. Successful principals who are instructional leaders understand the importance of establishing a clear vision and commitment to learning goals. Administrators must create time for instructional leadership. Below you will find 12 lessons for instructional … Read More
TL;DR: Instead of doing a walkthrough, administrators can do a tag out. This allows the teacher a chance to do a walkthrough in a room of one of their peers. With tag outs, educators get the time to learn from their peers. This provides them an opportunity to learn more than they might if they were being observed by an … Read More
Do We Have A Leadership Pool?
TL;DR: As the role of the administrator changes, districts need to reflect on the number of individuals in the district’s leadership pool. Keep in mind who are the next potential candidates to serve as principal or assistant principal. District leaders need to be intentional about developing leaders who will be ready to assume school leadership roles. When you hear the … Read More
Education in a Post-Pandemic World
TL;DR: To prepare for education in a post-pandemic world, there are a number of questions that school teams should consider. These questions range from reflecting on how schools will look in the future, what we have learned about equity and the needs of our students, trauma-informed schools and classrooms, master schedules, social-emotional learning, and more. Uncertainty and disruption are two … Read More