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My new principal is a reading specialist, help!
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My name is Sue and I am a reading specialist. I have been working in my present district for three years. During the last year and a half I have been providing professional development for the teachers in presentations, co-planning, team meetings and modeling lessons. This coming year we have a new principal and she is a reading specialist. I have only met her once at this point but I am already worried and stressed out. She seems to be an old school reading specialist who is not progressive and does not think outside of the box. She also seems to want to continue as the reading specialist and the principal. Does anyone have any ideas on how to handle this? As I said, I am worried and stressed out.



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Continue as reading specialist and principal? How would that work?!
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I don't mean literally. The problem is that she is a brand new principal and her prior job was a reading specialist. I think that she is not realizing that her new job is different than her last. My prediction is that she will realize how many administrative duties she has and that will solve the problem somewhat. However, she was arguing with me about instructional decisions I have made and the way I would like to progress monitor. Basically, we are not on the same page.
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Oh, I see. That's tough. To keep a good relationship, I would acknowledge her feedback and maybe even try some things. You can always say you tried it and if it doesn't work, tell her why. Good luck. Sounds very stressful.
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Practice these lines...
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"Thank you so much for your support!"
"I would love to see you model that for me!"
"I am looking forward to learning from you and with you!"

In other words, just go with it for now, and play the game. In no time at all she is going to be so overwhelmed with her administrative duties that you'll never see her.

I had a couple of parents who were reading specialists. One was current and was a valuable resource for me. The other hadn't kept up, and when I said, "how wonderful! I'm sure you can teach me a lot!" she backed right off and said, "oh, no, I'm sure you know much more about teaching reading than I do!". You think!?!

Don't fret. And be open. She might have an idea or two that you can use.

And when push comes to shove, she is your boss. If you disagree with something she wants you to do, you should do it anyway. But be sure to document, maybe in an email, why you are doing certain things to cover yourself. "As per your instructions, I have done our progress monitoring using ________,". I would like to meet to review the data." Or something like that!


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I totally agree with Munchkins and have used all three phrases she listed at the top
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Great answer munchkins!
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