Happy October 2014 and here is wishing you all a great Monday Moanin. I just spent this past weekend with my family up in Traverse City, Michigan. It was a spectacular time. The colors were beautiful, the air was crisp, the weather cooperated, and the clear views allowed you to see for miles. It was a perfect time to reflect on my work of the last few months. I am blessed to meet with so many talented educators that are successful in leading their schools and communities. Effective leaders have a lot in common and share many characteristics. Getting their staff to work hard, find common ground, and encourage them to work together is critical to establishing a culture that is about student learning. I work with many teams that are building this culture in their buildings. Listed below are three ideas or quotes from Paul Bambrick-Santoyo that can help you guide your work this week. They are:
“Student culture is not formed by motivational speeches or statements of values. It is formed by repeated practice—using every minute of every day to build good habits. From opening morning routines to the final bell, students receive a constant message that nothing is as important—and engaging—as learning.”
“Great staff cultures don’t come from irreplicable charisma; they come from a consistent number of tiny actions that create a strong foundation. From hiring to onboarding to daily interactions, exceptional leaders keep their ear to the rail to ensure a positive, joyful, strong staff community.”
“Without great culture, student learning cannot thrive.”
Have a great week and good luck as you continue to build your positive culture.