Saskatchewan Bulletin Columns
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Imagine finding yourself at the intersection of four busy thoroughfares (think Champs-Élysées), knowing that how you address and handle the momentum and flow of traffic for each artery is critical to the safety and success of the overall transportation goal. In many ways, this is exactly what school principals do.
Monday, June 25, 2018
How best to describe the leadership life of a teaching principal in rural Saskatchewan today? Given the number and diversity of rural communities across Saskatchewan, metaphors range from hero to workhorse, to street entertainer to fully charged batteries! And according to recent research out of the University of Saskatchewan, each of these aptly describes the unique and complex role of a large percentage of principals in western Canada’s rural and remote schools (Wallin & Newton, 2014; 2013).
Principals, as the recognized formal leader of the school, provide a vital link between the school and community. Across Canada, rural principals often have a deep “personal-historical link to the school community” (Foster & Goddard, 2003), a fact that contributes to their sense of ownership and/or responsibility as a local leader.
Friday, March 23, 2018
We all have them and, when given a choice, we prefer to avoid them. When they go well, we give a sigh of relief. When they go poorly, we replay them again and again in our head. Regardless, challenging conversations are a reality of being a principal today.