May 18, 2014
William D. Parker is the principal of Skiatook High School.
His web site and
Twitter. He has also
done some amazing interviews
himself. I have learned a ton from reading those, and I am sure
you will, as well.
Due to technical difficulties, we recorded our phone
conversation, so the quality is a little old school. But, I almost
felt like a radio DJ with a call-in show.
- What he learned as the Assistant Principal to the Principal at
his school, who recently retired.
- Bonuses for students who take all the assessments they are
- What skills he had to learn as an educational leader, that he
wasn’t taught in school.
- Key Responsibilities Areas from Entreleadership tells people
who is in charge of what area. Here is his
blog post about KRAs.
Hyatt leadership podcasts.
- How he has dealt with student loss. They have tragically had 2
student deaths this year.
- Excellent and a lot of communication.
- Be visible.
- Maintain as much stability as possible.
- Open to creative and spontaneous.
- Show appreciation to the kids who are present.
- Tried to communicate well to media.
- Allow yourself to grieve.
- How he knew what the right thing to do was. Be part of a good
team. Trust your people.
- How he has established collaborative culture of trust.
- Hiring great instructors and compassionate people.
- Treat teachers how you would want to be treated. Shotgun blast
of directives is not effective.
- Relationships matter.
- His blog rocks!
- Give him some more followers on Twitter, because he has great
things to say. I have learned so much from Will.