It is now common knowledge that school leaders are critical to staff performance and the resulting student achievement. Some research has found that a school leader can be responsible for up to 25% of student achievement. Unfortunately, the field of education is having a very hard time keeping school leaders around. According to the Hechinger Report, nearly 30% of principals leading "troubled" schools leave every year, and half of all principals leave their job inside of 5 years.
Being a school leader is a tough job, especially in alternative schools. Make no mistake, school leaders want to be successful. Telling school leaders to be better or pointing the finger at them is only serving to increase their attrition rate. In this episode, former Prinicpal and Behavior Analyst, Larry Brashear, gets to heart of the matter when discussing the core elements to being successful in alternative schools.