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Terry Wilhelm knows what it takes to be a leader in today’s education community. She has served as a classroom teacher, a school principal, a district-level and area service agency administrator, and a college adjunct professor, and has extensive experience facilitating professional development for educators. In Leaders’ Link, Wilhelm offers strategies to meet the challenges and maximize the opportunities administrators encounter at the site and district level.

Wilhelm holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and an administrative credential from California State University, San Bernardino. She is a district-level facilitator who works with educators nationally and is owner and founder of Educators 2000.

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  • Principal as Instructional Coach: Using Your Recovery Plan to Work With Resistors

    Posted May 3, 2016

    In my last post about recovery plans, I discussed the importance of teacher ownership (as opposed to “buy-in”) of new initiatives and the benefits of team-developed plans for when inevitable setbacks occur. It is human nature to become discouraged and overwhelmed when we are faced with changes that present challenges to us. Teachers might express…

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Latest in Principal as Instructional Coach

Wilhelm urges principals to consider taking on the role of “instructional coach” when collaborating with teachers. In her Principal as Instructional Coach column, Wilhelm tackles the issues and topics facing all principals, and how they can most effectively support educators, perhaps coaching one-on-one or with an entire staff.
  • Principal as Instructional Coach: Using Your Recovery Plan to Work With Resistors

    Posted May 3, 2016

    In my last post about recovery plans, I discussed the importance of teacher ownership (as opposed to “buy-in”) of new initiatives and the benefits of team-developed plans for when inevitable setbacks occur. It is human nature to become discouraged and overwhelmed when we are faced with changes that present challenges to us. Teachers might express…

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Latest in Just for APs

Assistant principals and vice principals play key roles in shaping school culture and success; yet their own professional development opportunities are limited. Wilhelm’s Just for APs column helps define and enhance the AP’s leadership role and offers support for future principalship.
  • Just for APs: When Serious Discipline Issues Consume All Your Time

    Posted April 12, 2016

    Handling student discipline is typically the bailiwick of assistant principals, although it is usually not their only responsibility. As spring fever begins seizing the student body, many APs find that they have little time for anything but handling office referrals. Commonly-violated rules can lead to student expulsion in states and districts with zero-tolerance policies Spring…

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Latest in PD for Principals

School districts across the nation experience challenges regarding an array of important issues. Given the many pressing priorities of a district, professional development for principals is often neglected. In her PD for Principals column, Wilhelm provides numerous strategies for maximizing guidance and support specifically for principals to help reduce stress, increase student achievement and promote principal retention.
  • PD for Principals: When a Principal is Intimidated During Staff Meetings

    Posted April 19, 2016

    As a district-level leader, what can you do to help a principal who appears to be intimidated by his or her teachers? The most obvious tip-off is a principal who avoids convening the staff. Effective principals schedule meetings to boost professional learning Although in past posts I have advocated ditching status meetings, such as standing…

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  • PD for Principals: Helping Principals Address Parent Entitlement

    Posted March 15, 2016

    “Our principal is afraid of the parents,” confided one high school teacher. “He’ll cave at the slightest complaint. We never know what to expect next.” Effective principals are sensitive to parent and family needs and strive to build positive parental involvement. But sometimes principals’ actions cross the fine line between supporting appropriate involvement and enabling…

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Latest in District Leaders

District leadership is the foundation that supports everyone at the school level: administrators, teachers, support staff, parents and students. Who supports those holding leadership roles at the central office? In her District Leaders column, Wilhelm identifies ways to think globally and specifically about the leadership they provide within the district office and to schools, their fundamental clients.
  • District Level Leaders: The Search for Meaning

    Posted April 5, 2016

    In past posts, I’ve discussed how to move from traditional evaluations — even those that include setting goals and objectives — to a system that considers and honors the personal aspirations of the employee. This kind of system is not typical in most bureaucracies, including school districts, but it does engender a higher degree of ownership…

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  • District Level Leaders: What’s in a Name?

    Posted March 8, 2016

    In my last post in this series, I discussed the positive impact of identifying employees’ personal goals and supporting their achievement, even if it means losing the employee in his or her current position. Starbucks offers a good example. Its website states, “Our culture values and respects diversity and inclusion, and our goal is to…

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