Thriving as an Assistant Principal

July 21, 2016

by Aaron Hogan

### Summary of "Thriving as an Assistant Principal" by Aaron Hogan

In his article "Thriving as an Assistant Principal," posted on July 21, 2016, Aaron Hogan explores the difference between merely performing adequately in a role and truly excelling. He emphasizes the importance of intentionality and planning in the pursuit of thriving as an assistant principal.

Hogan discusses the foundational need for assistant principals (APs) to build credibility and trust within their school communities. Establishing credibility often starts with efficiently managing responsibilities like handling referrals and committing to continual learning and service. This groundwork enables APs to build relational capital, which is critical for fostering trust and creating meaningful relationships with staff.

Trust, however, is just the beginning. Hogan stresses that respect from teachers does not automatically translate into relationships. To truly connect and engage with teachers, APs must prioritize understanding their personal and professional lives. This involves actively listening and asking meaningful questions in four key areas:

1. **Family Inquiries**: Understanding the personal commitments of teachers, such as family responsibilities, helps APs to appreciate the full scope of a teacher's life. This can deepen mutual respect and connection.

2. **Professional Interests**: By discussing teachers’ professional interests and aspirations, APs can align educational support with individual teacher needs, thereby fostering a personalized approach to professional development.

3. **Input on Decisions**: Soliciting teacher input before making decisions ensures buy-in and can enhance the outcomes of implemented changes. This approach values the insights and experiences of teachers, promoting a collaborative work environment.

4. **Critical Feedback**: Encouraging feedback from teachers on administrative decisions and practices helps APs adjust and improve their strategies and interventions, ensuring they meet the needs of both staff and students effectively.

Moreover, Hogan advocates for assistant principals to be proactive in their own professional development and to continually seek ways to contribute positively to their school culture. Whether through engaging in educational technology or leading by example in professional settings, maintaining credibility is ongoing.

Assistant principals play a crucial role in shaping a positive educational environment. By engaging thoughtfully with staff and demonstrating a commitment to personal and professional growth, APs can truly thrive in their roles, enhancing their effectiveness and the educational experience for all members of the school community.

For more detailed insights, you can read the full article here: [Thriving as an Assistant Principal]https://afhogan.com/ap-thrive/

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