So I have had this blog for quite awhile but being busy it has not been updated for quite some time.
But the other day I had a talk with one of my colleagues here at YIS, Kim Cofino. Kim has been bugging me for some time to be more active on the blogging scene. I know it sounds lame, but I am really busy as a head of school and if I am to add anything new in my schedule, it probably means I need to stop doing something else. In other words, it is a question of priorities.
Our conversation ended with Kim making a great point that really this was about connecting and learning from others. For me, blogging has no value in and of itself. But connecting with others and learning are things I like to do anyway. So….
With this in mind, I had an idea. I am going to pose two questions and I am going to ask to Kim to send this around through her network. And I would hasten to add, this isn’t something that is just theoretical, it is something I am grappling with myself. I have also been talking to a lot people here about it these questions: everyone from the board chair, to the leadership team to my teaching colleagues.
Here is the question(s): what is the role of a Head of School in a modern international school? More specifically how, if at all, is this different from 20 years ago?
And also it might help me if you could think broadly along three different categories in your response: dispositions, activities and skills.
We all know that schools have and are changing but I don’t see much of discussion really focused upon the role of head of school. (Keep in mind too, a head of school at an international school tends to be quite a different role than that of a principal/superintendent in government school.)
My challenge to Kim is to send this blog post (and the question) out to her network and see what answers are generated as a result. If you could respond, I would be sincerely appreciative.
I look forward to learning from you.