The bottom line is that principals have the power to create, change and drive the culture of any school environment. This includes the power to destroy and run it into the ground. Principals need to stand up and create professional learning communities within their schools.
At the same time, districts need to give principals and the freedom to run their schools and control over local decisions with regards to their budget and staffing decisions. If we are going to hold principals accountable for the culture of a school, and we should, we need to give them the tools to build a successful environment.
How is the culture at your child’s school or where you teach? Do you feel the principal plays a role in developing and nurturing the school’s culture?