Ask a graduate of the College of St. Rose Administration program how the CITE/ St. Rose School Leadership program prepared them for their administration job, and more often than not they will say something like this:

Dr. Hawkins’ tattoos echo in my mind nearly daily.

For those in the know, this is no surprise. The program focuses on practical training for every day administrative tasks, as well as big-idea thinking like school culture.

“Professors like Dr. Hawkins and Dr. DeLuca are people that I still email for advice and have an incredible ability to teach and care for their students.  They make complex, theory-based material easy to understand and applicable to real world situations.”

– Brett Kearney assistant Principal, Lindenhurst High School

We’re debuting a new blog series for administrators and aspiring administrators. These are mantras for school leadership. In it, we’ll share Dr. Hawkins’ tattoos.

What’s a tattoo?

A tattoo is like a mantra for school leadership, a phrase that’s so important, you want it tattooed on your brain.

Apply here

Like this:

Leaders need to create ownership, not buy-in!”

Dr. Hawkins would often dole out little

“One of the key things the program does is emphasize the administrative mind set you need. You are geared towards looking at problems from a team perspective and creating solutions based on best practice.”

Asif Padela – Principal, Harlem Children’s Zone: Promise Academy Charter School

Here are five tattoos for you to think about this week. (The ones above are bonus, but think about them anyway!)

  • If you’re not the lead dog, the view never changes (Tweet this)

If you're not


  • “Your schools are getting the results for which they have been designed!” (Tweet this)

Your Schools

  • “Most schools today are designed for Jeopardy; too bad the rest of the world is playing Survivor!” (Tweet this)

Most schools are

  • “A child’s condition (poverty, SpEd. ELL, male, etc.) impacts strategy, not expectations!” (Tweet this)

a Child's

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How can you use these in your everyday leadership?

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