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What Teachers Really Want From Their Department Chairs

Posted by Emily Guthrie on May 29, 2016 2:16:29 PM

 I've had department chair on the brain lately because it was recently announced that my current department chair has stepped down for next year. He is smart and he will be missed in that role, but I think there are multiple good options in my current English department to fill his shoes.  In my career so far, I've had the opportunity to be a department chair and to work with department chairs that pushed me out of my comfort zone.  Some inspired me, some frightened me, and some gave me all the rope I needed either to soar or hang myself.  Although it sometimes works out despite the process, in my experience, department chairs are chosen for silly reasons like seniority, admin favorites, or by default because no one else wants it.  If done well, department chairs can positively impact fellow teachers, which in turn raises the bar for students, parents, and administrators, so

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Topics: administration, Classroom Management, department chair, leadership, tips

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