Welcome New Building Administrators
CoachingHCS is THE website to help you transition into your new leadership position in Hampton City Schools !!
I'm Eric Stone, HCS Title I Leadership Coach for the division. While primarily assigned to work with Title I administrators and school leadership teams, I also get to provide support to principals and assistant principals new to the position and/or HCS. Check out the "Managing Transition" link to assist you in helping you make the best of your promotion or move to another building. Looking forward to face to face visits in August- a Google Doc sign-up will be sent out following the Summer Leadership Academy.
In the meantime, I encourage you to explore the website to build your background knowledge on some of the professional learning opportunities and initiatives within HCS during the last couple of years . Call me at 727.2121 (office) or call/text me at 593.4000 if you need anything... seriously. It's my job to support you through your transition into administration in HCS!
My sole purpose is to help you be the very best you can be!!
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WELCOME & CONGRATULATIONS HCS Building Principals and Assistant Principals
New Faces and Places for 2018-19
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"First Year Hurdles"
Challenges are daily fare in the principal's office. These four defined Ms. Bohn's first year ones that made the difference between surviving and thriving!
#1. More negative than positive input lands in your office.
New principals are eager to make everyone happy and make a good impression. Adjusting to the need to frequently respond to frustrated parents or teachers takes a mental toll. How you handle conflict defines your profession brand.
Respond to this challenge by adopting a PROBLEM-SOLVING approach. When a parent calls with a complaint or concern, don't rush to solve it "on the spot" LISTEN and gather information from the parent. Remember to focus on moving forward rater than looking back.
#2. You must decide what to say-- and when. Principals make hundreds of decisions everyday about what to do and what not to do.
Respond to this challenge by taking time to reflect on the potential effect of anything you're poised to say publicly.
#3. Actions can be misperceived.
Novices may hit trouble when they act in good faith but fail to anticipate how others might misperceive their actions.
Respond to this challenge by practicing anticipatory leadership. Anticipate how other stakeholders might perceive your well-meaning words or actions.
#4. You may be overloaded with data, but not know how to act. ( D.R.I.P.)
Successful principals engage in strategic planning and welcome their APs and teachers to join in the journey together,
Respond to this challenge by getting to know your AP and teacher's strength and utilize the wisely. Allow good teachers to make instructional decisions and take calculated risks. Read this again.....
Lastly, Ms. Bohn summarized and added some TIPS for NEW PRINCIPALS