Many of us in the blended learning world know firsthand that the key to student success is a great school with innovative curriculum, but did you know that the key to a great school is a great principal?
In school-based factors affecting student achievement, leadership has been identified as critical to student success, second only to instruction, according to research conducted by the Wallace Foundation. These leading women and men set the tone and direction of a school, inspire teachers and staff's performance, touch the lives of students, and strengthen communities. They accomplish these remarkable results without requiring thanks or expecting recognition—often investing a great deal of themselves into their work.
Blended learning principals, in particular, are the unsung heroes of a current pedagogical revolution taking place. They are at the helm guiding the implementation of personalized learning, flexible schedules, and changing uses of educational spaces and resources. Without great principals leading the way, many blended learning programs might not have been implemented—and we would not be seeing the resulting sparks of success in our students' eyes.
October is National Principals Month. What better time to thank these phenomenal principals for all the great work they do, and recognize the essential role they play in making a school great?