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SFS’s Dr. Dianna Whitlock speaks with Dr. Akil Ross, the 2018 NASSP Principal of the Year, about fostering a healthy culture and coaching through supportive feedback. According to Dr. Ross, coaching and mentoring is about the relationship you have with teachers; feedback should help someone grow and should be personal, specific, and timely. If the feedback isn’t advancing a person, then it wasn’t very good feedback for them specifically.

Millennials entering the field crave and thrive on receiving feedback. As the profession changes with new leaders and teachers every year, the frequency of feedback must be greater to accommodate these incoming young professionals. As an administrator, you must have your eyes on everything in the building to cultivate that budding, supportive culture for your employees. Doing so will prove worthwhile in the long run, creating a stable and inviting culture in your school.

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