Happy final Monday Moanin of July, 2018. This week 110 educators from the tri-county of Detroit will attend the 7th Annual Hickey Leadership Planning Summit. It is during the Summit that participants begin to do some focused planning with their teams for the upcoming 2018-19 school year. Every year the Summit begins with an opener. I wanted to share part of the opener with you. Please consider using it as a prompt or reflection as you plan your year. Read more
Welcome to another July 2018 Monday Moanin. I hope that all of you are having a great summer. This week may be a great one to begin planning for 2018-19. After some reflection, I am posting three excerpts from my previous 305 Monday Moanin Thoughts. Hopefully they will be timely and helpful as you begin your week and your thoughts for the upcoming year.
From October 9, 2014 # 131
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: Read more
Happy July 2018 Monday Moanin to all of you. Hopefully your pace is slowing a bit and you are enjoying the wonderful summer weather. My topic for today’s MMT is to focusing on a few things to improve your effectiveness as a leader. During the past week I have been reading several articles on leadership that served as a great prompt in writing this blog. How do you want to enhance your leadership? Try focusing on these areas of leadership that James Kerr wrote about. Read more
Happy Monday Moanin to everyone and welcome to July, 2018. To assist you with your work this week, consider focusing on a few of my top tweets from April to June 2018. They will serve you well as you begin planning for 2018-19 school year.
Happy June 2018 Monday Moanin to everyone. For many of you this may be your first week without students or of summer vacation. After a long and challenging school year it is important to recharge and get some rest. Enjoy some quality family time and have your share of fun. After a few weeks of rest and relaxation, it is time to get to work. The following ideas hopefully will assist as you begin planning for the summer and upcoming 2018-19 school year. Give consideration to the following strategies. Read more
Welcome to an early MMT and happy Fathers Day 2018. For many of you tomorrow may be the first Monday Moanin in a long time where you can hit the snooze on your iPhone alarm. Enjoy the experience! Today, I think about all of the men who have influenced me in my life and I am grateful for their help. Today I honor two of those men. Of course I think about my dad, Don Hickey with fond memories and appreciation. He passed away in 1991 and I think of him daily. His humor, work ethic, faith, caring attitude, and his love of family and his wife Rose, has rubbed off on all of his 6 sons. As my brother Bill said at his funeral, Don Lives! Another father that is a wonderful model for me is my father-in-law, George. He has been my other Dad for 28 years. He also is a model for me and he exhibits all of the traits I admired in my Dad. Above all he is the definition of a giver. At 84 he is an avid golfer, loving husband and father. He gives freely in caring for his wife as she deals with the challenges of Alzheimer’s. Not an easy task but he handles it with grace and a strong faith. I am so lucky to have these good men model for me what it means to be a father and a husband. Thank you so much. Read more
Happy mid June 2018 Monday Moanin to all of you. For many of you this may be your last week of school for the 2017-18 year. These days for many students can be filled with lots of emotions, distractions, and for some, anxiety. One example for these behaviors is that not every student is looking forward to the summer recess. Read more
Happy Monday Moanin to all of you. Hopefully you experienced a wonderful, restful weekend. For many of you the 2017-18 school year has either ended or it will very soon. Usually this is not the time of year to ask for feedback because of the overall fatigue of stakeholders. However, you don’t have to use a complex survey to gather information that may help you grow and plan for 2018-19. One of my colleagues, Dr. Cathryn Skedel shared with me an instrument she used a few weeks ago with her staff. She sought feedback for her team as well as a few reflections from staff. It was very doable and not cumbersome for her staff. She also received critical information as she plans for next year. Listed below are some of the statements and questions she used. Read more
Happy Memorial Day 2018 Monday Moanin to all of you. When I think of Memorial Days celebrated in the past, I am reminded of two common themes. One is service and the other is gratitude. For today’s thoughts, I will focus on gratitude. As I reflect on this day , I am filled with gratitude and awe for all of the men and women that serve on our behalf to ensure the freedom we enjoy. Read more
Happy May 2018 Monday Moanin to everyone. For many of you in the Midwest the final few weeks of the 2017-18 school year are winding down. Congratulations! In my recent meetings with school leaders there are a few common themes I takeaway. Most stakeholders in schools are exhausted, anxious, uncertain, stressed, and looking forward to a break to recover, renew, and reestablish the passions that have carried them through this year. As I was preparing to write this, I was impressed and motivated by many thoughts and comments that were posted today on Twitter by several of my PLN members. They are listed below. See if any of these work for you in the closing weeks. Read more