How New School Leaders Create Culture, Empowerment, and Collaboration

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Renowned educators Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis are not your traditional school leaders. In fact, they prefer to lead from the middle, which is quite unorthodox, when you consider the typical top-down leadership model.

In a recent conversation with Hack Learning creator and Times 10 Publisher Mark Barnes, Sanfelippo and Sinanis, co-authors of the new Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love, explain how to create a positive school culture, how to empower teachers, and how to facilitate a collaborative community in schools.

Hacking Leadership Takeaways

  • Leaders must be authentic in their relationships and make that the default with staff.
  • Empowerment means leaders must be willing to make sacrifices.
  • Hacking LeadershipLeaders must help teachers put the power of school culture in students’ hands.
  • Give teachers complete ownership of their professional development.
  • Communication and transparency are at the core of school culture.

What Leaders Can Do Tomorrow

  • Sit down with students and see what school looks like through their eyes.
  • Cover teachers’ classes (who does this?) to create collaborative time.
  • Eliminate the “drive-by” mentality and be present with teachers daily.

Learn more about Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis at HackLead.org and on the Hack Learning Team page. Look inside Hacking Leadership now.

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