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Apr 28, 2019


Christopher is a principal at Whitman Hansen Regional High School.

  • Transitioning to a new high school.
  • A new position gives you the opportunity to reflect on where you want to go and who you want to go.
  • Sharing yourself first.
  • I’m not a student-centered principal!
  • I’m a staff-centered principal.
  • Build staff meetings around getting to know each other.
  • Building relationships
  • Every day, with some exceptions, I’m in classrooms giving feedback to teachers.
  • Out in front playing music with kids.
  • Using Voxer to give immediate feedback and face-to-face meetings.
  • Three simple questions: What’s working? What do I need to stop doing? What can I do to make your life better or easier?
  • Start by supporting, then you engage them, then you empower them.
  • A good leader is a servant leader.
  • A good leader becomes a better leader by making others more successful.
  • Clear the road for others.
  • Experience is so important and we have to fail to keep learning.
  • We don’t know how good we can be.
  • Every student leaving the high school with something in their pocket to prepare them for the next level.
  • Key components of S1 to raise failing grade to passing grade.
  • Empowering teachers to give kids hope and keep integrity of the grades.
  • Teachers choose most important units and then give kids an opportunity to make things happen.
  • 92% of the kids who did winter school passed the year-long course.
  • Summer Read Smackdown!
  • Interdisciplinary days - kids don’t come back to a test on the book.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Get into classrooms and give honest feedback to teachers so you can have a conversation with them.


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