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Les Potter is currently the director of the American International School West in Cairo, Egypt. Les has over 40 years in educational leadership in the US and Egypt and most recently has been a principal, professor and a school board member. He received his doctorate from the University of South Carolina.
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B. Harris, a number of years ago, stated that there are five phases frequently involved in the implementation of a new program at the school or district level. He states that these phases come in a sequential order, but they often overlap one...
When you have people together for any amount of time, a culture emerges that consists of a set of customs, beliefs, values and norms. This culture can either create a sense of mutual purpose, a mission, a vision, values and goals or perpetrate...
Principals play a key role in facilitating the work of experienced teachers who serve as mentors, including preparing them for the role. Veteran teachers may have little experience with the core activity of mentoring---observing and discussing...
For many, many years parents have met with teachers to check their child’s progress at school. This could be meetings concerning academics, social, behavior, or a combination there of. Since the student’s progress is the focus of the meeting, who...
Mentoring is a relationship in which a more experienced person facilitates the broad development of a less-experienced person on a regular basis and over an extended period-of-time, as said by B.A. Lankford. In its simplest form, a veteran teacher...
Building positive school, parent, and community volunteer relationships will improve school climate and make the school a better place to work and learn. Some possible volunteer activities: Tutoring and remedial help Mentoring Working with...
The accountability standards mandated by state and federal legislators are becoming increasingly difficult to meet for many schools. Using volunteers and mentors are one strategy that can go a long way toward helping meet accountability standards....
I suggest that you focus on the parents for a successful open house. You should instruct the teachers about the process and have them ready. We always had pizza and soda in the media center prior to the open house. We kept the teachers on campus, so...
An open house for parents is now required in many districts and states, usually in early Fall. At our school, we have ours one day before school starts and it is a combination of an open house and a meet the teacher day as we are a pre-K to 12th...
Here are several suggestions to have a more effective meeting. With the use of technology, staff meetings should not be the old “stand and deliver type” but a sharing of new knowledge/ideas, teaching strategies, learning communities, etc. The...

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