Today’s show concerns traits and tools for successful school leadership. Our guest is Dr. Denver Fowler, professor at the University of Mississippi, who has served as a coach, teacher, athletic director and administrator in P12 settings for over a decade. He was named the 2015 State Assistant Principal of the Year in the state of Ohio and nominated for the National Assistant Principal of the Year. His research interests include ethics, leadership and research on the superintendency.
Being a Leader
Lifelong Learning: The importance of being a lifelong learner is key to reinforce in young teachers and teacher leaders.
Social Media: Using social media is also another key trait of school leaders. Celebrate everything and celebrate often tell your story, don’t have your stakeholders tell your story, tell your story.
Work/Life Balance: It is crucial to build a solid foundation for leaders. When leaders take on too much and overcommit on work or personal ventures, both realms suffer.
Instructional Tasks: Focusing on managerial tasks is where many leaders spend their time. Focusing on instructional tasks should come first.
Why Public Education?
The one constant in Dr. Denver Fowler’s life has been education. Coaching led him into education and at some point in his undergraduate degree program he came to realize education is the most important job in the world.
Check out Denver’s Article: “Cats in the Cradle” in School Administrator Magazine (March 2016)