Classroom teachers instinctively understand the impact of a first impression. They greet students as they walk through the door and carefully plan the first days’ work to ensure a strong foundation for the learning to come. They know, too, that the space they teach in also communicates their values, from the way they arrange their classroom furniture to the posters they hang on the walls.
So when teachers become Academic Leaders, they know how important first interactions are to shaping their relationships with faculty, staff, students and families. At the same time, they have a much smaller range of direct interactions with stakeholders than classroom teachers do. To set the tone for the new year, Academic Leaders need to approach the start of school by acting with intention–one of our key Competencies for Academic Leaders.
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