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Put this issue of PL into practice with the help of our discussion guide. Begin conversations
with your staff members using the suggested questions, and reference our list of resources
for additional exploration of the topic.
Article: "Communication: The Unspoken Key to School Culture," by Philip Brown and Lisa Vaughn
The success of the Oconee County high schools highlighted in this article is based on each school leader's focus on communication. What
channels did school personnel use to collaboratively improve the overall perception of their schools?
How well does your school communicate with staff? How well does your school communicate with students, parents, and the
community? To what extent do you (or might you) use social media to facilitate communication between and among your school's
Want to know more?
Beckerman, L. (2005, January). Building blocks for the new principal. Principal Leadership, 5(5), 43-46.
Larkin, P. (2012, November). Proud of your school? Blog about it. Principal Leadership, 13(3), 58-59.
NASSP. (2013) Principal's PR portal: Take back the conversation. Reston, VA: Author.
Oxley, D. (2013, January). Connecting secondary schools to parents and community. Principal's Research Review, 8(1).
Communication is the foundation of building relationships with students, and modeling appropriate communication is the responsibility
of school leaders. What did the principals do to positively communicate with students and their families?
How does your school promote communication between and among school leaders, teachers, and students? To what extent does your
school foster student communication that builds relationships, supports individual student needs, and increases understanding of school
policies and procedures?
Want to know more?
Champeau, R. (2011, March). Great relationships, great education. Principal Leadership, 11(7), 38-40.
Larkin, P. (2011, September). Getting connected. Principal Leadership, 12(1), 22-25.
NASSP. (2009). Breaking ranks: A field guide for leading change. Reston, VA: Author.
NASSP. (2011). Breaking ranks: The comprehensive framework for school improvement. Reston, VA: Author.
Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
What communication practices did the Oconee County high schools implement to improve teacher morale, build teacher pride, and
demonstrate the value of teacher time?
What communication practices are used in your school to build and communicate commitment to the success of every student? How
does your school identify and celebrate people who contribute to the success of every student? What steps can you take to enhance
relationship-building communications among and between students, staff, and community?
Want to know more?
NASSP. (2012). Building capacity through networks. In Leading Success, Reston, VA: Author.
Protheroe, N. (2011, January). Workplace conditions that matter to teachers. Principal's Research Review, 6(1).
Reed, P. (2009, September). Getting in on the conversation. Principal Leadership, 10(1), 56-58.
Williamson, R., & Blackburn, B. R. (2009, October). A school climate audit. Principal Leadership, 10(2), 60-62.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Principal Leadership - March 2015
From the Editor
B ulletin Board
Cases in Point
Healthy Schools, Healthy Students
Military Partnerships: Paving the Way to Success
Teach to Win
Keep it Simple
Communication: The Unspoken Key to School
Discussion Guide: Communication: The Unspoken Key to School Culture
Coherence and Collaboration: Fundamentals for Common Core Success
Layers of Leaders
Widening the Road
Oregon Students Have PEP!
From Good to Great
Breaking Ranks in Practice
Principal Leadership - March 2015