Just like teachers, school leaders are returning to school with goals and new ideas they want to implement. As coaches, we can support them in achieving these goals similar to the way we support our teachers. We can start by being visible with our school leaders, and simply asking them what the goals are for the year, and how we can best support them.
At this time, you can also begin to set the stage for how you might work collaboratively for the rest of the school year. School leaders usually expect their coaches to know how to do their job, and often would like to know from you, what they can do to support you. Having a good understanding of what you’d like to achieve, how that aligns with the school leaders goals for the year, and how you can work together to make it happen is a great way to start the academic year.
It might be that you already have a solid relationship with your school leaders because you’re returning to the same school. Ideally, you would have already planned out the start of the year at the end of the previous year, and now is a great time to check in and let them know how you’re progressing. Even a quick status update about how your classroom visits have gone is a great reminder to your leadership team that you are a valuable asset to helping them achieve their goals.
This might be obvious, but when you’re meeting with your school leaders, make sure to visit all school leaders – not just building principals. Check in with Curriculum Coordinators, Service Learning Leaders, Technology Leaders, as well as Heads of Departments. Some of these people may also be classroom teachers, so you might want to reference their leadership role when you visit them in their classrooms to remind them that you have many different ways you can support them.