Standard 4 Human Resources

Creating a Proactive, Positive Environment of Learning
Creating a Proactive, Positive Environment of Learning

Standard 4: Human Resources

Summary: School executives will ensure that the school is a professional learning community. School executives will ensure that processes and systems are in place that results in the recruitment, induction, support, evaluation, development and retention of a high performing staff. The school executive must engage and empower accomplished teachers in a distributive leadership manner, including support of teachers in day-to-day decisions such as discipline, communication with parents, and protecting teachers from duties that interfere with teaching, and must practice fair and consistent evaluation of teachers. The school executive must engage teachers and other professional staff in conversations to plan their career paths and support district succession planning.

Examples of Standard 4 from The Chronicles of Narnia:

Both "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe," and "Prince Caspian" are examples of being a "Human Resources" leader and not being one. Aslan, the Pevensie children and Prince Caspian all practice "Human Resources" leadership. However, when we first get to Narnia, Jardis is in power and she certainly does not practice "Human Resources" Leadership. Jardis recruits, but she does not help those she recruits to grow as individuals or leaders and does nothing to support them. She does offer rewards if they please her, but if they fail/or displease her, she gets rid of them...sometimes permanently. Jardis does not want to empower her workers, nor does she want to practice distributive leadership as she wishes to be the one and only power, hers is the last word. Jardis uses her "Human Resources" to accomplish her goals and for her gain. The Pevensie children and Prince Caspian learned as they became leaders that the people around you are the most important resource you can have. They also learned that in order for this resource to be most successful, it has to be supported, empowered and consistently given the opportunity for growth. They realized as young leaders still growing and learning, that you had to put the right people in the right positions utilizing their strengths for both the success of the group/team and for their own individual sense of success. As leaders, the Pevensies and Prince Caspian also knew that it was important to help their followers to gain experience that helped them to grow leadership skills. Leaders need leaders to help them lead. They realized the importance of helping their people to gain new knowledge and skills to make the group/team stronger overall, and especially stronger in times of adversity. The Pevensies and Prince Caspian realized as leaders that their most important, their most valuable resource and asset, was their people.

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