For the past several months public education across the country has been attacked and defined by several as failing and ineffective. In fact, many state legislatures have passed laws increasing the number of charter schools, reducing teacher pay, imposing an 80-20 health care provision on educators, and reducing the amount of state aid to schools. All of these pieces of legislation do little to help improve public education. In fact it is clear that politics is being played while support is being given to privatizing many areas of education. Read more
This is a great week for everyone to practice gratitude. Make a commitment to seek out ten people and thank them for who they are and what they do. It can be students, staff members, community members, or family. This small act is a powerful way to appreciate one another. By practicing more gratitude and acting with more optimism, researchers believe that good health is enhanced. Read more
Ouch, not another Monday Moanin. Be on top of your game this week. In most district’s, this week is the one before a few days off to celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a necessary time for all educators to be well planned and intentional in their practice. Many community members tend be a little antsy this week as they prepare for the break. Read more
One more Monday to wake up to. I hope all is well in your school communities. I urge all school leaders to focus on communication this week.
As a leader , is it important to be in contact with your stakeholders. Develop a specific content schedule that organizes your communication within your school community. Read more
It is always tough getting revved up for another week. This week, try narrowing your focus and work at being proactive in the area of commitment. Read more
At this time of year many school districts are conducting parent teacher conferences. Last week I was attending my kids conference and upon leaving I couldn’t help but notice something. Although there were many parking places available in the lot that I was parked in, there were three cars parked illegally in the circle right outside the school entrance. Read more
Lots of thoughts from the last week;
I was talking to several HS students about challenges that they face on a daily basis. Near the top was the number of tests or assessments they have on the same day. Several of them shared that it is not unusual to have three or four tests on most Fridays. Teachers, try asking your students about the amount of tests they are having and adjust your schedule. The goal should be learning and achievement for the student not you pacing guide or timetable. Read more
The theme of the week is validate. Across the Tri-County area of Michigan several schools have celebrated Homecoming week. The amount of planning, doing, and acting by students and staff to provide a positive experience for all is overwhelming. As a leader, validate the time and effort put in by these outstanding people. Read more
- If you have personality that is always seeking perfection and you are self critical when things don’t go according to your plan, try focusing on being effective. This may help you achieve balance and you will operate with a high level of success. Perfect is tough, effective is achievable.
- I co-facilitated a workshop with outstanding Principals from across the county this past week. I was so impressed with their knowledge, commitment, and willingness to improve and grow. Our students and schools are in fine shape if these are the caliber of principals leading buildings. Bravo!
- Principals, do you send out your emails or does your secretary/assistant send them on behalf of you? Consider giving your assistant proxy to your account. Bottom line, do it yourself, critical and pertinent information should come from you.
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Some thoughts from the last week. In Michigan, it is getting very frustrating that the Legislature is dealing with issues that attack teachers and do little to help kids. The latest is to not allow districts to directly deduct union dues as part of the paycheck, Really! Read more