Ways To Set Up Others for Success. As leaders, it is important to ensure that help is provided to people to become their “best self” through the process.
I love the idea of sometimes “super-sizing” their job, meaning that we put them in situations that are “above” what they usually do, to push them to become better. Yet when people are put into these situations, the likelihood something can go wrong is greater. How do we ensure that people are put into the best possible situations to succeed? 5 ways to be a leader who gets it. To some, being a leader is just a job.
But to others, it’s a choice, a calling even, to inspire others to engage, perform, and achieve. The women and men who make this choice are skilled in a number of areas that bring out the best in everyone and everything. They’re leaders who get it. Their secret sauce? They’ve chosen to: 1. 2. 3. 4. Processes, outcomes and measuring what we value. I produced this diagram as part of a paper ‘Measuring Success and Securing Accountability’ for my governors and SLT.
One reason for writing it is that, along with everyone else, we face a very turbulent period in our examination system. Over the next few years, there are so many changes to the measures we’ve been using to gauge success, phased in gradually, that year-on-year comparisons will be difficult to make; predictions will be based on unreliable assumptions of linearity in the baseline-to-outcome trajectory and targets will be hard to set. I want my governors to have some tools to use that go beyond the data so that we can have realistic and meaningful discussions about success and improvement. A second reason for writing the paper is to fuel a wider discussion about ‘measuring what we value’ – rather than ‘valuing what can be measured’.
However, the main reason for making this diagram is to consider the process of improvement and the nature and value of feedback. Redesigning the School’s Curriculum: Find Your Compass. The world of education is changing again and like many changes it is bringing us almost full circle.
If you are a teacher of about fifty years or older you may just about be able to remember a time before the National Curriculum and when levels weren’t part of your life (even if like me you are struggling to remember what you had for lunch or where your car keys are). This is not quite taking us back full circle to pre-1988 as the sharp edge of accountability means you aren’t likely to tell a new Science teacher that you “can teach them (less able Year 10 group) anything you like as long as you keep them in the classroom.”
The latter part of this instruction proved more difficult than I at first thought. Much has changed in education with respect to the level of informed professional practice of teachers and the degree of accountability we all experience. Can WE Be Trusted To Lead the Learning? Schools flourish when they embed trust, distribute leadership of learning and live out democratic values.
Connectedness and Transparency in Leadership. I am planning on attending an Edcamp for leadership next week, which has caused me to reflect upon my administrator/teacher experiences of the past.
There was once a time in education, not too long ago, that all discussions about education were led and controlled by those who led and controlled the very schools in which education took place. Building, or district administrators could pretty much control the flow of education information based on their personal education philosophies, as well as their exposure to the latest education ideas and methodology available to them. What was relevant and what was status quo? What the best education systems are doing right.
In South Korea and Finland, it’s not about finding the “right” school.
Fifty years ago, both South Korea and Finland had terrible education systems. Finland was at risk of becoming the economic stepchild of Europe. South Korea was ravaged by civil war. Yet over the past half century, both South Korea and Finland have turned their schools around — and now both countries are hailed internationally for their extremely high educational outcomes. What can other countries learn from these two successful, but diametrically opposed, educational models? The Korean model: Grit and hard, hard, hard work. Principal's Role in Encouraging Family Involvement.
Improvement guides - What is excellence? 27 Tips For Mentoring New Teachers. How does a teacher go from just a teacher to a great teacher?
Some say that some people are just naturally great teachers. Others might believe that it is the education that they receive. And others yet, point to the mentors that these new teachers have when they start out teaching. The handy infographic below shows tips for new teachers, mentors, and administrators to help all parties involved get the most out of seasoned teachers mentoring new ones.
So if you’re looking for some quick tips and tricks to mentoring new teachers, this is for you. For Mentors: Find the strengths of the new teacher. For New Teachers: Ask. For Administrators: Select mentors with care. 5 Leadership Questions To Finish (And Start) Th... Building school climate. Principals as Instructional Leaders. At some level, principals always have been instructional leaders—but never before has their role been more prominent.
First, the accountability movement—No Child Left Behind in particular—thrust principals into the spotlight on academic achievement. Then budget cuts peeled away capacity at both the district and school levels, thinning the ranks of assistant superintendents, curriculum specialists and assistant principals, who shouldered some or most of the load. For Beverly Jarrett, principal at Far West High School in the Oakland (Calif.) Unified School District, that has meant an upward creep from 10 hours per day, five days a week when she started five years ago, to 12 to 14 hours per day and one Saturday a month. “You’re never in this place where you can relax. But now, he adds, if a school doesn’t make adequate yearly progress under NCLB, the principal is held responsible. “Traditionally, principals were really not instructional leaders,” she says. Training Helps Shift Managing Time. 10 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Communicate.
August 1st, 2012 By: Alvina Lopez Even the most eloquent of public and private speakers could always stand to tweak their communication skills just a little bit.
After all, the ability to convey feelings and facts stands as essential to keeping the human species rolling along. Both the Internet and bookshelves sport advice a-go-go on how to get points across as clearly as possible, and the venerable open source lecture series TED does not disappoint in this regard. Leading With No Regrets.
6 Leadership Styles, And When You Should Use Them. Taking a team from ordinary to extraordinary means understanding and embracing the difference between management and leadership. According to writer and consultant Peter Drucker, "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. " Manager and leader are two completely different roles, although we often use the terms interchangeably. Managers are facilitators of their team members’ success. #SLTchat forum. 3 investments good leaders make in creating other leaders SmartBlogs. I was extremely fortunate to be hired as a third-grade teacher fresh out of Penn State University in 2000 by principal Maureen Cheever at Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, Ill.
Before I met her, I had never envisioned myself as a school principal. From the moment I joined the Hubbard Woods team, her leadership both inspired and pushed me to demand more of myself and those around me. 4 Attributes of a Great Assistant Principal. Cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Big Mind Zen Center A good friend of mine has just become an Assistant Principal (Vice Principal), which was probably one of the best jobs that I have ever had. Often you get to help guide the direction of the school but you still have many opportunities to be in the classroom and connect with kids, more so than a principal. That being said, I believe that a principal can still connect with kids in many ways , but in my experience, they have a lot more meetings and have to be out of school a lot more. I have been blessed to have worked with an amazing principal who had taught me a lot and even though we would argue (a lot), it was always about figuring out what was best for the school.
9 Lies Unproductive People Love to Tell. Email People all around the world are out doing productive things right now. You can be one of them if you choose to be. The first step is to stop telling yourself these unproductive lies: Reminder: We just released our new ebook 1,000+ Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently. It makes a perfect starter kit for the new year. 1. 5 ways to ruin employee morale. You have a job to do, and you’re focused on getting it done. You rightly expect your employees to be useful and on board with the tasks. But in your focus on the job at hand, do you speak before you’ve thought it out and destroy the morale of your employees? Check out these five ways to create resentful, unappreciated workers. How to build a winning team - 10 top tips from outstanding school leaders.