The Importance Of School Leaders
“An educational leader promotes the success of every student by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth” (Michael and Crow, 2010, p. 87). School culture is one of the more overlooked aspects of a building a school now a days. Many times we see District and School Leaders look at test scores and teacher evaluations. as the end all and the be all. However the idea of school culture is one worth looking at. When a school has a toxic culture many times this will link to a school that struggles. School Leaders need to maintain a school culture that focuses on student learning and has high expectations for them and supports innovation. As a school leader we need to always keep the students best interest first. By setting a culture that focuses on their learning it helps us as school leaders make the difficult decisions a lot easier since we know we are doing it for the students. Fred Newmann corroborated the assertion when he said, “building and sustaining a school culture that supports student achievement, requires strong leadership by the principal and by teacher leaders to focus staff energy on instruction, reflective teacher dialogue, trust and internal accountability within the school”. (Newmann, 2007, pg.