Creating a Successful School

Under the leadership of Robert Schreier,  Middle School 118 was ranked in the top 5% of all Middle Schools in the City of New York.

The reason for his success  was a curriculum integrated and tied to the real world, a school climate which is respectful and disciplined, and a instruction program which is       
vigorous and supportive. All three of these elements work together to create a school setting that provides positive outcomes and success for all children.

You as the school leader must model and explain 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 on cooperation.

This web site contains information which is designed  to help you as a principal communicate more effectively to your teachers.
 It includes information on  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 read the information presented here.   You can use this Web Site as a source of ideas that can
save you time and help you make your daily life more manageable and refine your professional image.

By understanding the concepts presented on this site and 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.  
What Successful Principals Do?

1.  Start the transformation of your school.....
   As a new principal, most of your waking hours will be spent on thinking about
school improvement. Improvements which will actually empower and energize
the staff to want educational change. Teachers will be prepared to inspire and
develop the interests of their students to experience the joy and excitement of
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2.  Start a staff development program.....
   Teachers have different capabilities, they need different tools, they have
different skills and they use different techniques, One shoe does not fit your
entire staff. So when we transform our schools we need to be sure that we are
giving our teachers the skills and the tools they need along the way.  
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3.  Creating learning communities where small groups of
children are known by their teachers.....  
   Parents realize that the most important thing we can give our children is a
good education. It is through this education that our children will attain the skills
necessary to succeed in life. And yet today’s schools do not meet the learning
needs of all students.  
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4.  Learning based on the uniqueness of each student.
Why we must differentiate instruction.
   We understand that every child is different. Each child has individual needs
and personal factors that are motivational. No two students are motivated by the
same learning activity to the same degree but we must expect all students to be
successful learners. We must present materials to students that is within their
capacity to learn yet is challenging and tied to prior knowledge.

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Books that all Principals must read!
****Read or download them for free
(Click Here) To Read The Principalship - How To Make School 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.

  • This book provides the leadership strategies you need through
    letters and memos and will help develop a fail-safe educational
program for your school.
                                                                                          ©   2016  Robert Schreier     
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     Click The Book Below to Open as a Word Doc.  

All documents documents in the book can be copied          
word-for-word or adapted for your personal and professional

Just download the specific document from the book and use your
word processing equipment to edit it to meet your specific  

Printed versions of The Principalship -
          How to Make Schools Work        -   $9.95
          A Review of Basic writing Skills -   $5.95
          Guide To Success                        -   $4.95
A Fresh Start
A Review
of Basic Writing
Louise Schreier
(Click Here)  A Fresh Start - A Review of Basic Writing Skills - By Louise Schreier  

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.

•        Part I:  Grammar, Punctuation, Mechanics - Parts of Speech, Capitalization, Verb
Agreement,   Singular/plural, Indefinite Pronouns, Pronoun Agreement,  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
(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.  

  • 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.
                                      ©  2016 by Robert Schreier
(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.  

  • 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 Observation List.
                                          2016 by Robert Schreier
The Failure of Education & Schools.

   Why are so many schools failing the children in our
country? Why do schools fail to meet their educational
needs?    In the United States we spend more on
education than any other country of the world, yet
schools are not meeting the needs of our students.

   You cannot pick up a newspaper today without reading
an article on why our educational system is failing our
students.   Testing, common core, standards, teacher
evaluations, home and school environments, parenting,
teacher shortages, poverty and crime are just some of the
excuses we hear for their failure. Most of conclusions for
these failures are blamed on disturbing inadequacies in the
way the educational process itself is often conducted.

   When we read these stories of failing schools it is not
unreasonable to blame individual schools, teachers,
parents, inequalities in funding, or testing that is taking
precious time away from education.   With all the millions
that are spent on schools this money is not well spent if we
do not recognize that
the teacher is the single most
important school-related factor for the children’s

   Once you realize how important the teacher is, you
must create an environment where teachers can prepare
students to succeed. In a climate of respect and discipline.

(on the left) you will understand how to create a
school setting that provides positive outcomes and
success for all children.

   This thread that ties this web site together is
understanding the importance of creating a school culture.
It is about how a culture can only survive if you have
discipline, routines, and rituals that create order in the
school environment.  As you read through this web site
and as you explore the ideas presented here, think of how
they may be woven into the fabric of all schools to improve
the achievement of all students.  
Catch your teachers doing something
exciting, and innovative and then share their
success with the school community.

To do this develops a growth mindset where teachers respects
your role as a person who listens, learns, and is willing to try new

Your leadership style should allow you to listen to your teachers.  
Listen to their conversation about change.  Give teachers all the
credit if their ideas are used, These actions will be consistent
inclusive approach to leadership.

The most effective change in school culture happens when a
principal models the values and beliefs important to the school. If
the principal models high values and demonstrates concern for
others, the school culture will develop with similar values.
** Remember we can coach children to prepare for tests to
raise their scores.       But never  forget that the
fundamental goal of education is to prepare students to
succeed over the long term by becoming life time learners.
5.  How We Meet the Needs of all our Students by
Creating Learning Communities Where Small Groups of  
Children are Known by their Teachers.

    When we talk about changing the culture of a school to make it child
centered we must first look at the leadership of the school. An effective school
administrator must think of excellence as the great sages have. Excellence, like
life is a process, a road to be traveled. It is not a way station where we rest. It
implies effort and activity aimed at moving along toward attainable perfection.
Think of water which is fresh when it moves but stagnates when still. All leaders
need to strive, to seek and to find ways to move our schools on the high road
from good to better.

    This road from good to better begins with the teacher.  Research has shown
that most teachers perform in a traditional educational model where the teacher
works alone or in isolation in their own classroom with very little communication
with other teachers who are involved with the education of the same students.

    Principals now have to create the educational environment that teachers
work in, which will allow all teachers to stop working in isolation and allow them
to transform their style of teaching to that of a community where everyone
works together in educating every student.
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The Whole Child Approach

Each child, in each school, in each of
our communities deserves to be      
healthy, safe, engaged, supported,     
and challenged. That's what a
whole child approach to learning,
teaching, and community
engagement really is.
Click on any Topic to Learn More

1.   Integrated Curriculum and  Its Effect
on How Children Learn.

Teaching Students Based on Their Individual

The School's Professional Plan and its Ten
Essential Practices.

Leadership - The Backbone of Our School.
In William Glasser's book "The Quality  
- Managing Students Without   
Coercion", the following quote is The Preface.  

Glasser would like you to return to these
statements because they will keep "you"
as a leader on track.

A boss drives.     A leader leads.
boss relies on authority.    A leader relies on   
boss says, "I."    A leader says, "We."
boss creates fear.    A leader creates        
boss knows how.    A leader shows how.
boss creates resentment.    A leader breeds
boss fixes blame.    A leader fixes mistakes.
boss makes work drudgery.    A leader
                     makes work interesting.

                                Source: Shayle Uroff
                                But author unknown

The Literacy
Everything You Need To Know
Faculty Bulletins for

Language Arts (Literacy 6-8)

Faculty Bulletin for
“Professional Development”
American Association of
School Administrators

American Federation of

Association for Supervision
and Curriculum - ASCD

National Association of
Elementary School Principals

National Association of
Secondary School Principals

National Education Association

National Middle School

Educational Resources:
State Board of Education
Educational Organizations
Educational Issues
Certification by State