How to Be the Best School Principal Ever!
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How to Be the Best School Principal Ever!

Discover and recreate the strategies/tips (not taught in college) to truly excel in your principalship!!
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Created by Melanie Williams
Last updated 4/2017
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 7 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Discover valuable shortcuts and best practices by avoiding common misconceptions in educational leadership.
  • Identify and understand the “5 layers” for which principals are responsible.
  • Know how to replicate simple strategies to excel within each of the “5 layers”.
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  • In order to be successful in this course, you will need to have prior knowledge (limited is ok) on the Education Industry/School System within your jurisdiction.

Yes!!! Here's a new course from an experienced school principal.

Are you new to educational leadership and don't feel quite ready?  

Are you ready to take your practice to the next level? 

Ever wish you could just ask an experienced educator without being judged? 

I’m telling you... I wish there was a simple, practical course like this around for me when I began my career in education. Within this course, you will find suggestions, ideas and best practices that have worked for me over the years. Very often, they will be things that I did NOT learn in college and have adapted over the years from my experiences. 

Trial and error, baby!

Ideally, you’ll find that this course provides you with a shortcut for your own practice. Okay, let’s go!!! 

This is a hand-crafted course for educators (i.e. teachers, administrators, universities, program directors, etc.). In addition to video content, it includes several downloadable resources for your personal/professional use and a series of direct, useful tips that are guaranteed to change the way you approach your work.

My educational philosophy is: All students deserve a high quality education with awesome leadership, regardless of their home zip code. This philosophy is engrained within our daily tasks and every initiative we implement. This course brings that to life. 

Who is the target audience?
  • 1 - current teachers interested in transitioning into administration.
  • 2 - new administrators interested in reducing the learning curve between college and the actual principalship.
  • 3 - current administrators interested in improving their practice.
  • 4 - current superintendents and/or universities interested in providing remote support for new administrators.
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Curriculum For This Course
A Little About Me
4 Lectures 03:03
1 - Students
4 Lectures 15:57

In school, students are your most important stakeholders, by far! In this lecture, we cover important, simple strategies to implement with students in order to serve them best. 

Preview 06:34

Check out this step-by-step guide so that you'll use the Programming/Scheduling Resource to its fullest potential! 

Preview 02:17

Save time by learning from the mistakes of others! Beware of the pitfalls discussed within this lecture. 

Don'ts (Students)

Layer 1 Wrap Up

Layer 1 - Students Quiz!
4 questions
2 - Parents
3 Lectures 05:57

Even though you may not physically see every parent every day, your relationships with parents are directly to your school's success. After this lecture, you'll have a few quick and easy strategies to use as you are building and maintaining those relationships. 

Do's (Parents)

Adults are much less forgiving than students. Be very careful here and pay close attention to the best practices mentioned within this lecture. You'll be ready to try 'em out in no time! 

Don'ts (Parents)

Layer 2 Wrap Up

Layer 2 - Parents Quiz!
3 questions
3 - Staff Members
4 Lectures 09:30

Staff members represent your number one resource as it relates to the daily operations at your school. Come on in to this lecture and learn best practices you can quickly implement to improve your supervision and management of them. 

Do's (Staff)

Before downloading the Attendance Monitoring System resource, check out this short "how to" video to get the most out of it. 

How to use the Attendance Monitoring System resource

Remembering that staff members are your number one resource at school, learn which errors you should avoid in order to preserve that resource and subsequently improve your management of them! 

Don'ts (Staff)

Layer 3 Wrap Up

Layer 3 - Staff Quiz!
2 questions
4 - District / County Office
3 Lectures 04:40

In this lecture, you'll discover what the District and/or County Office expect from the principal as well as how to meet/exceed those targets consistently. 

Do's (District / County Office)

Your boss (normally the superintendent) is normally located at the District and/or County Office. Uncover what NOT to do in order to stay in their "good graces".  

Don'ts (District / County Office)

Layer 4 Wrap Up

Layer 4 - District / County Office Quiz!
1 question
5 - Public
3 Lectures 03:56

As an educator, your public image is very important. Review this lecture thoroughly in order to discover how to master the Element of Public Trust. 

Do's (Public)

Within this lecture, you'll uncover common mistakes principals make and strategies regarding how you can avoid them! 

Don'ts (Public)

Layer 5 Wrap Up

Layer 5 - Public Quiz!
2 questions
2 Lectures 05:54

Hmmm, bonus lecture? None of the other strategies within the previous layers will be successful without taking care of this one... What is it? YOU.  

One More Thing... :)

Before you can take care of everyone else, be sure to take care of yourself. This lecture provides tips regarding what NOT to do in order to preserve YOU. 

Don't Forget
Course Wrap Up
2 Lectures 01:34

Exit Ticket
About the Instructor
Melanie Williams
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Working for educational equity; one student at a time.

Melanie Williams was raised in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and is a product of NYC public and private schools. As such, she has experienced a wide range of instruction (quality of education) as a student, teacher and administrator.

She earned a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from North Carolina Central University, a Masters Degree in Education (grades K – 12) and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership (K – 12) both, from East Carolina University. She is a licensed School Building Leader in multiple states. To date, she holds approximately 16 years of experience in Education, comprised of: Teacher (8 years), Assistant Principal (3 years), Managing Director of a Teacher Staffing Organization (1 year) and Principal (currently in her 4th year and counting…).

Far too often, the neighborhood in which a student lives is a determining factor for whether or not he/she receives quality educational experiences. She has a passion and personal dedication to serving inner-city youth in a way to facilitate high quality education, regardless of the students' home zip code. 

For Melanie, creating online courses for educators is an intimate process. Before deciding on talking points, she thinks about whether the information provided will be a value-add for readers and how the information will be used. Once she is confident that the talking points outline research-proven, time tested strategies that work well, she adds them to the course's content. 

The goal is to create real, practical suggestions, best practices and ideas that are not typically addressed in a college setting. If/when implemented by readers, her hope is that use of the course will simultaneously increase student achievement across the world. 

Thus, creating a positive ripple effect impacting students' educational trajectory.