The Lake Woebegone Effect and School Leadership

The Lake Woebegone Effect: Everyone is above average.


When assessing staff, most principals suffer from the Lake Woebegone effect.  They rate all the staff is above average. They are not. Half of the staff is above average. The other half is below average. Don’t lie to yourself, recognize this. Your job is not to make all your staff above average. Your job is to make all your staff better. You do this through training and system implementation.


Raise the floor, raise the ceiling and raise the mean.


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