Matt Schilit

Matt Schilit has worked as an assistant principal and principal in South Carolina.

Matt Schilit Says Classroom Observation Is Essential to a Successful School
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Matt SchilitLongtime school administrator Matt Schilit has worked as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. Throughout these various posts, Matt Schilit has had the opportunity to consider different leadership styles for managing school environments.

He has since determined there are three basic styles. The democratic approach is preferable in most environments. It permits staff and students to participate in the decision-making processes. The coaching method is effective if the principal wants to take an active role in the development of student or faculty leadership skills. Although rarely recommended, the authoritative style is sometimes necessary if a task calls for a quick turnaround or a strong leader.

The best way to understand the current status and evolution of a school is by personal observation. Rather than someone telling the principal what is going on in the classrooms, witnessing the intricacies firsthand will provide a more accurate assessment of the situation. The objective of observation is to gain information that can be used to support and improve the classroom experience. Observation should never be a fishing expedition to find reasons to criticize the teacher's instruction style or censure students' behavior.
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Matt Schilit on Mentors for First-Year Principals
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Matt SchilitMatt Schilit knows firsthand what the first year on the job is like for every principal. Prior to his appointment as principal over a South Carolina high school, Matt Schilit served as assistant principal at Dent Middle School. While the role prepared him for the daily challenges of work as a principal, Matt Schilit found that the first year is an adjustment no matter how well prepared someone may be.

One of the best ways to adjust to that first year is to find a mentor to help guide you, Matt Schilit says. Just as first-year teachers are often given a mentor, first-year principals need one as well. Unfortunately, as Matt Schilit learned, new principals usually realize all too soon what people mean when they say it can be lonely at the top.

First-year principals can benefit greatly from having access to someone who has been through what they are going through, Matt Schilit believes. By having easy access to someone who has experienced the vast responsibilities of a principal, Matt Schilit has found that the first year can go much more smoothly. Matt Schilit recommends having someone to call and bounce ideas off of or to ask simple advice during those crucial first months.
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Matt Schilit Discusses the Importance of a Solid Education
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Matt SchilitMatt Schilit is a longtime educator as well as a student. With a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s in education, he is now pursuing an educational specialist degree. Today, Matt Schilit talks about the importance of available courses and programs in America’s schools that meet the needs of all students.

Q: You have spent numerous years as a teacher and school administrator working for different school districts. How has education changed over the years?

Matt Schilit: Well, in the past, educational programs and courses varied depending on where a student lived. Today, educational opportunities are the same no matter where a child lives.

Q: Why this change?

Matt Schilit: Today, schools are required to offer courses that are necessary to help students do well after graduation, regardless where the child lives. These courses must give students a solid foundation to pursue college, a career in the military, or to get a job right after graduation.
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Q&A With Matt Schilit: Professional Reading Is Vital for School Leaders
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Matt SchilitAs an educator, Matt Schilit is always searching for books that can help him grow as a person and a leader. Below, he explains why an educator should never stop learning, and recommends a few books for anyone working in the field of education.

Q: Why is professional reading so important for school leaders?

Matt Schilit: School leaders must continue to grow and change with the times. They need to be innovative and work with all kinds of people.

Q: Who is one of your most favorite leadership authors?

Matt Schilit: There are two: Jon Gordon and John Maxwell. I like them because their writing offers an easy read with relevant topics that pertain to our daily lives.
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Athletics Help Students Develop Important Skills, Matt Schilit States
Former wrestling coach and school administrator sees many benefits of youth athletics.

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