atmosphere of genuine caring that puts students first. They must value hard work and exhibit trust, good listening skills, respect, sensitivity, and empathy. They must put people first. They must also have integrity and value excellence. Yet they must balance these values with a respect for family life and a drive toward professionalism. Throughout they must maintain a sense of humor.
The outstanding administrators cited here exhibited a positive way of viewing the world, yet had a firm set of beliefs, were open to change, and translated their values into positive action.
Perhaps one of the most sage responses we received came from a now-retired educator from Oklahoma. She succinctly stated that her personal creed was "to treat others the way you like to be treated." Sounds familiar, doesn't it? That universal value came through over and over again as we heard from outstanding administrators. This same educator told us what all educators need to keep in mind as they go about the profession of providing quality education for all children and youth: She reminded us that although there is a lot of ignorance in the world and we won't be able to erase all of it . . . we can sure make a dent wherever we are. Don't forget that we are dealing with our most valuable resource: the human mind!"
"Remember that people send you the very best kids they have--if they had any more, they would send them too. And don't forget, they want them back better than they were when you got them!"
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