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Dec 27, 2020

Tracey Runeare taught high school social studies for 16 years before becoming a high school assistant principal. She has been the principal of Harbor High School in Santa Cruz, California for 5 years.

  • Harbor High School - Santa Cruz - Beachside community. Small high school with 1100 students.
  • Role of an admin needs to be shifted. To hear what teachers are struggling with and where they need help.
  • Relationships - getting people to understand the why
  • Still go into classrooms, even when they are virtual.
  • Student X - is the prototypical student. A little bit of every student.
  • How do you design your school to meet their needs?
  • Create the best experience for students, flexible as much as possible.
  • Flexibility takes a lot of work.
  • Every teacher having that flexibility.
  • We try to pay teachers for what they are doing outside of the day.
  • We try to see what we can do to help.
  • We have a system for organized binder and making sure that things are taken care of for them.
  • Consistency is doing what people need.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Ask questions — if you think something is going on, ask some people before you assume there is a need you need to fulfill.
  • Not solving problems empowers everyone in the school.



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