According to Michael Winerip, a good principal:

  • has been a teacher
  • feels at home in a cafeteria filled with 800 children eating rubbery scrambled eggs for breakfast
  • has her own style
  • protects her teachers from the nonsense
  • sets her own high standards
  • works with union leaders to carry out her educational agenda, and if she can’t, takes them on
  • knows teachers are only part of what make a school run
  • takes money out of her pocket for the school
  • loves and trusts the public schools where she works
  • worries in private, ignores the surreal and finds a way to get things done
  • has a To Do list several feet long
  • leads by example

To read the entire article, published in The New York Times‘ On Education section, click here.

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