I recently listened to a great talk by Michael Fullan on Choosing The Right Drivers, and this may have been my favorite quote:
“If you are strong on the vision but weak in the strategy the wrong drivers will fill the vacuum.” Michael Fullan
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Public schooling has been under attack recently. The view of the public school teacher has been negatively portrayed in the media lately. Don’t get me wrong, I am pro reform in public schools, but I am pro informed reform! As a principal and teacher I see the daily work and care my teachers pour into their students and I think it’s time we school leaders promote some deserved recognition and appreciation.
I am blessed to work in a school district that has a proactive superintendent who is an advocate for best practices, students, teachers, and public schooling. My superintendent, Dr. Jeff Swensson, recently wrote and article in the Indianapolis Star that inspired me to write this post and share his article. Please take 5 minutes to read his article here: EPSE Awards
I love working in the Carmel Clay School district, and the last two days I spent at the administrators retreat were so refreshing. Leaders focused on student learning, inspring teachers, and continually working toward excellence! Tonight I came across a blog post on the NSDC blog, check out this quote and read the article by clicking the link below.
“Without effective leaders, public education is often a maelstrom of competing interests. Attention and effort can shift from students’ needs to responding to the most powerful or persistent adult voices. School system leaders understand that one of their roles is to modulate and, in some cases, resist these demands, ensuring that the system’s focus remains on student learning. This is often exhausting work and certainly not the reason most leaders chose public education as a career. Nevertheless, leaders prepare for and embrace this role, understanding that their success directly impacts student performance.”
I have been rereading some books this summer that I really enjoyed a few years ago. One book I am rereading is What’s Worth Fighting For in the Principalship, by Michael Fullan. I really like this book, it’s a quick read and holds some great nuggets of inspiring text for school leaders. I’m going to be adding some of my favorite quotes here over the next few days, so enjoy:
- Leadership is not about making clever decisions and doing bigger deals, least of all for personal gain. It is about energizing other people to make good decisions and do better things.
I am again listening to one of my favorite books Good To Great by Jim Collins.
One section particularly struck me today, and I think the words are worth listening to, especially for school leaders who believe in learning and leading infused with technology:
We need to be leaders who think about “technology” as a piece, yes a major piece, but a piece in the puzzle. School leaders must be grounded in best practices, and be lifelong learners! We need to be able to model great teaching, support our teachers, share leadership, help establish quality PLNs, encourage collaboration, analyze and use data to help adjust practices, be open to paradigm shifts, design professional development that leads to student results, and work systematically and systemically with our district.
Wow! The role of the school leader is an important one and there are so many pieces to the puzzle!
I was reading a book review on Scott Mcleod’s blog tonight and an ad by Google was on the sidebar. Now normally I ignore these ads but this one caught my attention:
This actually looks pretty cool! Although you have to pay for the full length videos there may be an inspiring snippet here and there. I look forward to checking this site out!