Bill Carozza was a classroom teacher in elementary and secondary schools for 13 years before becoming an elementary school Principal 18 years ago. He has served as Adjunct Professor at the University of New Hampshire, Keene State College and New England College in areas of curriculum and instruction, leadership and social studies education. Bill is Past-President of the New Hampshire Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (NHASCD) and conducts workshops at regional and national conferences utilizing technology and social media for teachers and administrators. Most importantly, Bill’s also a husband to Marie and father to three children, Ben, Abby, and Jake, and a cat named Ollie.
- Winner of the 2014 New Hampshire Society of Technology Educators Susan Janosz Technology Impact Award
- Winner of 2014 ISTE Making it Happen Award
- As President of NHASCD, Winner of 2013 Affiliate Award for Overall Excellence from ASCD
- Winner of 2013 Excellence in Education EDie from NHASCD
- One of 10 Principals in the US appointed to the USDOE Principal Panel to review the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
I am honored to also contribute to Connected Principals, a group of school administrators throughout the world that share thoughts on the Principal journey. Below are the guiding principles which are the basis for the view represented by the contributors of Connected Principals:
1. All of our decisions focus first on what meets the needs of the children we serve. All other elements of our decision making process are secondary to this objective. The students we serve are our greatest resource in schools.
2. Building strong relationships is the first basis of creating a strong school environment. Trust is the first element; both extending it and earning it.
3. It is imperative we value the gifts, contributions and uniqueness of each individual, whether student, staff, or parent.
4. We can do more together than we can alone. Opportunities need to be created for distributed leadership within our school for all staff; as administrators we need to ensure we build upon the strengths of our staff. We must ensure that we are working together as an educator community to continue to move education forward.
5. All educators need to be lifelong learners. Only through continuous reflection, respectful conversation, and collaboration will we ensure that we are continuously serving the needs of our students. As a whole, we must be attentive to and thoughtful about the myriad of ways in which the world is fast changing, and ensure that we are in continued alignment with the needs and demands of the changing world without ever abandoning core principles.
6. All members of our school community should be given opportunities to become leaders. This includes students, staff, and parents.
7. Parents are our partners in education. We must ensure that their voice is heard and that they are given opportunities to contribute to creating the best environment for our students.
8. Critical thinking and deep learning opportunities for our students are necessary to ensure that they become strong 21st century citizens. We must know the passions of our students and create learning opportunities based on these. Students need to be able to think, write, and create as we prepare them for future opportunities that may not currently exist. We must ensure that we also create professional development opportunities for our staff to learn alongside our students and provide them ways to further their own knowledge in a deep, purposeful, and relevant way.
9. Technology should be used to create opportunities for students to ensure that we are meeting their needs and creating opportunities to network and learn from others. It is necessary to ensure that students become strong 21st century citizens with a broad worldview. We need to include the world in our teaching, learning and thinking. As educators, we must also take opportunities to use social media to connect with educators around the world that have different perspectives and experiences. The more we connect, the more we learn.
10. We care about our results; we seek to educate for deep understanding and transferable skills, and seek to use the right data to measure our outcomes and use that data not to punish but to inform our organizations’ continuous learning and development. Through this reflection of our journey, we truly will be able to move forward.
As administrators we need to be transparent, open, and honest. These principles should not only be embodied in the writing on this forum, but they must also be personified continuously within our respective school communities.