Our mission at Coaching School Leadership is to support school leaders with practical, hands-on, one-on-one coaching focused on strategies that promote objective reflection in a non-evaluative learning environment.
Message to Clients
My passion for the principalship, leadership, teaching, and learning has never been as important to me as it is today, twenty years into my career. I established Coaching School Leadership to nurture growth in school leaders through practical, hands-on strategies which support the day-to-day demands of the principalship. Principal coaching focuses on strategies that promote reflection and solving problems of practice. Coaching is the lever that leads principals to effectively support their students, staff, and communities while embracing challenges and loving the role of principal. While the principalship is a great job, it is an increasingly difficult and often lonely one. The time has come to recognize these demands and provide principals with a support mechanism to help them flourish.
-Larry Hausner, Ed.D (Principal, Author, Consultant)
Dr. Larry Hausner has been an educator for 20 years. He began as a teacher for elementary aged students in the Orange Unified School District after spending ten years as a sportscaster. After three years of teaching he became the Assistant Principal at the same school. After serving in this capacity for two years, he was selected as the principal of the school where over 70% of the students were English Language Learners and over 80% qualified for the Free and Reduced Lunch program. Hausner later served as principal at two other schools in the district along with being the Administrative Director of Communications, Educational Technology, and Child Welfare and Attendance. Current, he serves in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District as a site principal. Additionally, for the past 12 years, Dr. Hausner has worked as an Adjunct Professor of Education at Concordia University teaching Legal Aspects and Political Policy and Human &Financial Resources in the Masters of Educational Leadership program. He also teaches as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California in the Doctorate of Education program. Additionally, he is Founder of Coaching School Leadership, a consulting firm desired to coach and mentor principals. His Doctorate is in K-12 Leadership in Urban School Settings was earned at the University of Southern California. In terms of research, he has done extensive research in principal coaching and resource allocation strategies for schools and school districts during times of fiscal stress.
The CSL Story
In early 2005, I was approached by a colleague who encouraged me to share my successes as a principal with my peers. This colleague knew of my former career as a sportscaster which included a couple stints as a baseball play-by-play announcer for the Hawaii Winter Baseball League. Ironically, she was born and raised on Oahu and began her teaching career there. We often shared stories of our love for the islands and would compare notes from vacations we took with our families. During the conversation, she said that I should take my successful ideas and experiences to Hawaii and help those principals and schools. I took her advice. I thought long and hard about what I could offer. After some soul-searching, Coaching School Leadership was born.
Coaching School Leadership was my creation as I sought to not only share the innovative and creative programs which I created and implemented, but more importantly, to offer one-on-one peer-to-peer principal coaching.
One area superintendent I connected with was located on the island of Maui. He asked what I trying to accomplish and after a couple of phone conversations he agreed to have me come to Maui to meet with his principals. A couple of weeks later I saw myself on familiar ground back in the islands as I was delivering my presentation to ten principals. Throughout that morning, those principals did not say much and in fact did not give me any indication how they were receiving the idea of having a personal one-on-one confidential coach to support them. Afterwards, one veteran principal approached me and said, “This is the best presentation I have seen in my 40 years in this district.” She, along with three of her colleagues, hired me that day and for the next few years we developed terrific relationships which positively impacted their teachers, students, school communities and supported them professionally while leading to improved student achievement.
In that role, I have been on the front lines with principals. I have seen the work they take on every day with enthusiasm and a heart for kids and I have also witnessed the value of coaching with its impact on the effectiveness of principals improving student performance and teacher effectiveness. Principals benefited from one-on-one, open, honest, coaching that was not evaluative in nature. Providing this risk-free environment allowed principals to speak freely with me knowing that I was truly there to support and coach them without feeling vulnerable and judged. Once that trust was established, true progress was made.