Word to Principals be careful by Michael McGrone, Sr.

Word to Principals be careful not to be so quick to write-up your staff. Although there are policies set forth in the District to give us leverage to do so unless it's something egregious or repeated acts use discernment. A "Write- up" is a powerful tool and if used sparingly can create a toxic and distrustful educational environment. As humans, we should be allowed to make mistakes. As leaders, we can use these instances to help our staff grow and learn. What I've learned talking with staff (with union representation) who committed acts against the policy is that Life happened. Many times their personal lives get in the way of their professional lives. It is during this time, you can actually be an asset to them by helping them process through whatever it is they're going through. In discussion, I use this time to do a lot of listening. I try to understand where they are coming from and provide critical feedback. However, I do conclude my discussion notifying them of the policy and my expectations as we move forward. Moral this story: Treat people how you want to be treated. #ToWhomMuchIsGivenMuchIsRequired

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