Educational Leaders have to face a myriad of issues on a daily basis. I think the top three issues are evaluating staff, staff development, and creating and maintaining relationships
Evaluating staff is always going to be the number one issue for me. Evaluations are critical to helping staff improve and be more successful. It's one of the main ways I as a leader can move my staff to grow. Evaluations are a hot button issue with the unions as there are deadlines to meet and specific guidelines that have to be followed. As a leader, I am evaluating staff on a daily basis every time I walk into a classroom. It's critical that I provide effective feedback to teachers to make them the best that they can be. Evaluation is especially critical for staff members that need improvement. These staff members need more of my time and consideration to help them move forward and correct issues that are keeping them from being successful. I think it's equally important to work with teachers who excel and find ways to challenge them to be better. These can be the hardest evaluations to write because finding new challenges for these teachers can be difficult. I am constantly trying to improve my own practice so that I can help teachers improve theirs.
Staff Development is a key issue for educational leaders. Teachers need time to work together and improve their practice. With new curriculum and new standards, there is always something to learn. There is never enough time for staff development so it's important as a leader to make time. I try and give teachers time during staff meetings to come together and work on a skill. Some of the current issues facing teachers are the implementation of Common Core Standards, new technology, EL learners, and special needs learners. Teachers need to continue their own learning and be models for their students. Good staff development can motivate teachers and re-invigorate them. It's important for me to "teach" them and it's important for them to teach each other as well.
Building and maintaining relationships is the one issue that can hinder or help a leader with any other personnel issues. Building relationships with your staff is a key component to moving your school forward and being successful. By having positive relationships with your staff, their morale will be positive and it will produce a more effective learning environment throughout the school. Building relationships is one of the most difficult but also one of the most rewarding things for a leader. Building relationships starts the first time you set foot on your campus. It happens by listening, watching, and supporting your staff. As a leader it's important to know to the strengths and weaknesses of your staff and give feedback often. If you have strong, positive relationships with your staff, anything is possible. It's also important to stress the importance of relationships between staff and students. When teachers build strong relationships with their students, the students will be so much more successful.