The most effective change in school culture
happens when a principal models the values and
beliefs important to the school. If the principal
models and demonstrates concern for others,
the school culture will develop with similar values.
A healthy school culture has a strong effect
on staff development. Teachers want to spend
time to improve instruction, be present at
workshops, and address the educational and
personal needs of the individual child by scaling
down the often daunting barriers of a larger
A healthy school culture includes a staff that
sees themselves as learners. Teachers and
administrators will want to improve their own
skills and knowledge for the good of the
children. In this environment, learning will thrive
and student misbehavior and faculty complaints
will decrease. School spirit will soar and goals
will be achieved.
This Web Site (ThePrincipalship.com) is
about creating this school culture. As you read
through the faculty bulletins, as you explore the
ideas presented here, as you study the
suggestions made in the bulletins, think of how
they may be woven into the fabric of your school.
Most of the letters, memos and bulletins
presented on this Web Site were used by the
Principal Robert Schreier at Middle School
118 in the Bronx.
Under the leadership of Robert Schreier,
Middle School 118 moved from a middle
placement within the City of New York to one of
the top achieving schools in the city.
Chancellor Rudolph Crew placed Middle
School 118 on his Honor Roll where it remained
for five years. The school's reading scores were
the highest in the district. The school won
numerous accolades and honors, including
being chosen for a Cool School Award for
academic excellence by Donna Hanover.
Randy Weingarten, UFT President called the
school a model learning environment for the
children of New York City. Model school
recognition came from Clara Hemphill when
Middle School 118 was highlighted in her book,
NYC's Best Public Middle Schools. The school
also fielded a National Championship Chess
Team, a First Place Debate Team, and had
students who won an amazing number of high
school scholarships and admissions to
specialized competitive high schools.
William W. Niles Middle School still ranks in
the top 20% of all middle schools in the City of
New York, and has been in the forefront of
educational reform and innovation. The school’s
programs, clusters and mini-schools within the
school are designed to meet the unique needs of
a variety of learners, while at the same time
creating a small, nurturing environment to foster
both intellectual and emotional growth.
One can easily see that Middle School 118 is
about the deeper things that make a successful
school. Curriculum is integrated and tied to the
real world, the climate is respectful and
disciplined, and instruction is vigorous and
supportive. All these elements work together to
create a school setting that provides positive
outcomes and success for all children.
The purpose of this Web Site is to explain
how to manage a school so that a significant
amount of your time as principal can be spent in
As a leader you must show or model the job
that you expect of your teachers. You must set
the course of action so that the faculty can see
exactly what you expect.
You must also continually ask teachers for
their input as to what they believe may be a
better way. Always remember that a boss relies
on authority while a true leader leads, and relies
As you read through the faculty letters,
memos, and bulletins, study how the ideas are
presented, and how you may implement them in
These faculty letters, memos, and bulletins
are specifically designed to help you as a
principal communicate more effectively to your
teachers. They include curriculum, staff
development, discipline, building administration,
lesson plans, classroom appearance,
evaluations, referral of students, and the
foundations of school structure.
You will be amazed at your effectiveness as a
communicator and leader when you use the
models presented here. You can use this Web
Site as a source of ideas and phrases that can
save you time and help you make your daily life
more manageable and refine your professional
By providing the staff with faculty bulletins
twice a week, and a policy of walking the halls
and visiting classrooms for three hours every
day you will define to your staff a set of values,
beliefs, and traditions that will create a
well-organized learning environment.
Free Books that all Principals must read!
* Read them below for free
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book can be copied word-for-word or adapted for your personal and professional use. Just
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edit it to meet your specific needs.
| The Principalship - How to Make Schools Work
- This book focuses on 11 key topics: leadership, the challenge,
the mission, instructional best practices, effective professional
development, standards, team building, school tone, discipline,
and teacher evaluation.
program for your school.
- This book provides the leadership strategies you need through
letters and memos and will help develop a fail-safe educational
© 2016 Robert Schreier
|(Click Here) A Teacher’s Guide to Success”, - Teacher's Handbook
- The Teacher’s Handbook provides basic information on procedures and
routines that cover most of the school rules and regulations. On the first day of
school every teacher should receive a copy of this handbook.
© 2016 by Robert Schreier
- Topics Include: Morning Procedures, Entrance Procedures, Homeroom A.M., P.
M. Official Class, Discipline, Anecdotal Records – A Behavior Book, Parents-As-
Partners, Tone – The Classroom and the School, The Classroom, Bulletin
Boards, Literacy, Paperwork, School Rules, Books – Procedures for the
Distribution of Books, First Day Routines, Official Procedures for Subject
Teachers, and You the Teacher – A Professional Person.
|(Click Here) "A Teacher's Guide to Success", - The Daily Lesson
- At your first Faculty Conference - “The Teacher’s Daily Lesson”, should be
given to the staff.
2016 by Robert Schreier
- Topics Include: The Daily Lesson, Aim, Materials Needed, The Motivation,
Devices That Motivate, The Development, The Summary, Homework
Assignment as a Means of Assessment, Evaluating Your Lesson, What is a
Rubric?, Student Portfolios as Assessment, Portfolio Writing, The Standards,
How to Create a Literate Classroom Environment, and Walk Through
| A Fresh Start - A Review of Basic Writing Skills
Speaking eloquently and writing skillfully are tasks that you must master. This workbook
will familiarize you with Standard English grammar and alert you to common grammatical
errors. The pages in this book will be useful in improving your confidence and your
competence in speaking and writing. This book should be downloaded and copies
should be given to every teacher in your school.
Subject – Verb Agreement, Singular/plural, Indefinite Pronouns, Pronoun Agreement,
- Part I: Grammar, Punctuation, Mechanics - Parts of Speech, Capitalization,
Quotations, Commas, Semicolons, Colons, Hyphens, Dashes, Ellipsis, Apostrophes,
Contractions, Letters and Numerals, Synonyms, Antonyms, Homophones, Literary Terms,
Abbreviations, Double Negative, Parallel Structure, Problem Words
- Part II: The Writing Process - Thesis Statement, Writing the First Draft, Revising
and Editing, Example of a 5 paragraph essay
- Part III: Practicing Writing an Essay - Essay
- Part IV: Grammar Activities
- Part V: Answer Key - Answers 1 - 10 © 2016 by Louise Schreier
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Printed versions of The Principalship -
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