Fostering Effective Relationships

As discussed in Alberta Education’s document on the Principal Quality Standard, an effective principal  “ builds trust and fosters positive working relationships, on the basis of appropriate values and ethical foundations, within the school community — students, teachers and other staff, parents, school council and others who have an interest in the school.” (Click for blog posts on Fostering Effective Relationships)

I believe that I have met that criteria by doing the following:

  • I believe it is always beneficial to take time to work with students to simply have fun with them to build solid relationships.
  • Work to develop strong relationships with students, staff, and parent.  Open communication is something that I truly believe in and I have created the Forest Green School Website, Forest Green Blog, along with editing and creating both the Forest Green and Connections for Learning Newsletters.
  • Built strong relationships with the School Council and have helped them to communicate their school involvement through the use of the school website, along with doing a formal presentation on Cyberbullying and Web 2.0 Technologies, as a way of informing them of emerging trends in education.
  • A formal request was given to the Forest Green Parent Council in request for funds to clearly outline our vision and Forest Green Fundraising Request 2009-2010 Final.  Instead of simply asking for an allocation of funds from parent council, we wanted to ensure our clear vision for the plan.
  • Forest Green has hosted a pancake breakfast for the last 2 years for staff and students.  This was organized by parents as a way to connect with staff and students in the school.  This was a great opportunity to welcome our students back to school, while also getting to know families on a more personal level.
  • Work with students to become strong citizens in the community and take responsibility for their actions. Also believes that all members of the school community can be Leaders, and has shared that through the Forest Green Mind Map.
  • Work with the Student Council to help develop positive relationships between all stakeholders within the school.
  • Opened to feedback and improvement from all stakeholders to deliver the best opportunities for our students.  Parent, staff, and student input is highly valued and it was shared that it was greatly appreciated that there was an opportunity to discuss the future of Forest Green/CFL as a group.  Highlights are shared in the Education Plan Summaries.
  • Have built a learning community through parents being invited to Forest Green/CFL professional development days.  This gives us the opportunity to share our vision with parents of the community so that they are able to take part in our learning.
Crossing guard for the 2009 Terry Fox Run at Forest Green School.

My Favourite picture of the 2009-2010 School Year
Worked with the student council at Muir Lake Community School to do its first formal day! (2009)

8 thoughts on “Fostering Effective Relationships”

  1. Aron Campbell


    Heading into my first year as a principal. Thanks for the words of inspiration.

    Checking out your Cyber bullying Presentation…fantastic. I would love to use this as a resource. When the time comes I will be sure to get in touch. Look forward to following you further!


    1. Absolutely use it and let me know if you need anything. It is so helpful when we work together and I have learned lots from my PLN. Definitely if I can be a resource to you, let me know!

  2. how your understanding about the factors related to teaching (vision of a school, contextual factors, teachers ethnics and teacher’s identity..learner’s identity, learning etc ) affect teaching and relationships with various stakeholders

  3. I do consider all the ideas you have presented in your post.
    They’re very convincing and will certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts
    are too quick for starters. May just you please extend them a bit from subsequent time?

    Thank you for the post.

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