Delaware Academy for School Leadership

Old School – In the Weeds

The best job I ever had was as a principal. Yes, there were lots of days when I was frustrated and overwhelmed, but most days were extremely rewarding. Some days I had to go looking for that rewarding feeling. A visit to kindergarten or a master teacher’s classroom always made the worst day go away. There is nothing like a kindergartner telling you how beautiful you are, even when you forgot to comb your hair or seeing a struggling reader see success. So how did I sustain my love of the job while putting out fires, being bombarded with discipline issues, district, state and national mandates while improving student achievement and looking out for the whole child?

By Sharon Brittingham

#PersonalLeadership: Self-Awareness

Self-awareness is the key cornerstone to emotional intelligence, according to Daniel Goleman. The ability to monitor our emotions and thoughts from moment to moment is key to understanding ourselves better, being at peace with who we are and proactively managing our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

By Alison Travers