Principals, Here’s How to Have Hard Conversations with Younger Teachers

September 25, 2017

Read Jennifer's guest blog column for Learning Forward on how principals can have hard conversations with younger teachers.

Excerpt:

Principals often tell me their entire workday is filled with fires to extinguish, a few challenging parent interactions, and a load of hard conversations. Some feel those communications are routine and don’t find them too difficult: “I don’t have any hard conversations in my inbox;  I handle them all.” Others take them home, repeat them on a loop, and make themselves sick over what they should have said or must say tomorrow.

Whether you more often find yourself in the former group or the latter, every school leader can benefit from a few new ideas to simplify hard conversations and handle them effectively.

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Jennifer Abrams

About Jennifer Abrams

Jennifer has been recognized as one of "21 Women All K-12 Educators Need to Know" by Education Week's 'Finding Common Ground' blog. She considers herself a "voice coach," helping others learn how to best use their voices – be it collaborating on a team, facilitating a group, coaching a colleague, supervising an employee and being an all around better human being in all types of interactions.

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    “I hope you are well. I approached you right after your morning session on hard conversations to thank you for the amazing workshop. I shared that I am tough to impress. Equally, important, I never smile. Nonetheless, your approach elicited a genuine excitement and passion for the work.”

    John Wilson, Curriculum Director
    Atlanta Jewish Academy, Atlanta, GA