All weekend, I have been given plenty of opportunities to talk to people about the tranisition from teacher to administrator. It seems that most of the conversations lead to the question of what exactly does the vice-principal do. Of course, I try to talk about being there for the students, supporting the teachers, helping the whole school move forward towards improving student learning. But these responses could be descriptions of what I did as a teacher, a department head, a program consultant. The question, then, becomes what does the vice-principal do that is different from everyone else in the building?
As this question percolates through my mind, I am beginning to think about how vice-principals (and principals, for that matter) are portrayed in the media. I struggle to think of any movie, tv show, novel or documentary that shows administration (particularly vp’s) as strong, purposeful individuals that strive to support all learners within the school. Almost of all the characters that are in administration seem to be shown as ineffective or out of touch. There are many characters that are teachers that are shown to be compassionate and doing something to make a difference in students’ lives.
It is difficult to see what my daily routine will be, but I do know that I will continue to be a defender of the students’ right to learn in a safe, connected community. Of course, this may all change tomorrow night, after the first day…….