What makes a good principal?

09/26/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The most effective principals have been teachers, those who feel comfortable around students and have a unique style, says columnist Michael Winerip, who compiles several qualities of good school leadership in this profile of a New York City principal. "You're the principal," Jacqui Getz, a principal, said, "but you have to know how a teacher feels and how a teacher thinks." Top principals also protect teachers, establish high standards, trust public schools and keep lengthy to-do lists, Winerip writes.

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