The Teacher-Principal Relationship: Why Is It Often So Rocky?

Rae Pica with Gail Connelly, Kathleen “Katie” Hoffman, Stephen Sawchuk

If the primary goal is to educate children and both teachers and principals are committed to this, why is there so often an adversarial relationship between the two? Beneath the surface talk of collaboration, why is there often a palpable adversarial spirit between principals and teachers? What is the role of trust and respect in this dynamic? What can be done about it?

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December 2, 2011
Episode Guests
Gail Connelly is Executive Director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). Kathleen Hoffman is Teacher & Spokesperson for the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). Stephen Sawchuk is an assistant editor for Education Week. He is the senior writer of Joining Forces, a recent special report on the topic of labor-management collaboration.
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