Activity 2: Mentored by the Best

Activity Guide

This activity gives you an opportunity to “meet and observe” the leadership skills and practices of the NASSP National Principal of the Year (POY) for 2016. Gain a valuable inside look at an award-winning principal and his innovative and practical leadership strategies.




Distribute the link or copies of Reading 1 to administrative, steering, and/or leadership team members. Use the Discussion Prompt in column two to start a conversation with your team members to identify the effective and innovative strategies utilized by the National POY in Reading 1. Continue the conversation in column three by analyzing how his philosophy and leadership skills might be successfully adapted for use at your school.

Extend and Apply

How do the creative and innovative strategies of the 2016 National POY impact your beliefs and practices? Give practical examples of how you and your administrative/leadership team might implement additional strategies and actions affecting culture and opportunities for students and teachers at your school. Review your goals and vision for alignment.