Know Yourself

Greetings Jeffco 11!

Last week, we delved into several educational philosophies and school leadership models.  After letting ALL of the information you have gathered about your own philosophy and your own leadership model sit with you for a few days, how are you feeling now?  Do you have a better understanding of your beliefs? Does something fester within you that you can’t quite wrap your head around? Have you formulated more questions about this process?

Please share your thoughts with the team!


Beyond Test Scores

By coincidence, right now I’m reading the book Beyond Test Scores: A Better Way to Measure School Quality. Its by Jack Schneider who wrote What to know before using school ratings tools from real estate companies  which we were asked to read for this week (Class 5, 9/27/18).  I though you might like to see what the model he recommends for creating a better measure of school quality.  IMG_3864

I’m still working my way through it. I’m just getting into the part where he talks about how to actually collect this data, which is key!

Clinical Practice: Your best hopes. Your worst fears.

Hi All,

As part of my co-facilitation this past week, I was going to do an activity where we discuss our hopes and fears around our clinical practice. Our blog is a great place for us to share this information, too. During this process, be vulnerable in sharing your hopes and fears.  Also, post supportive feedback to others in the forms of resources, personal insight, positive thoughts and suggestions, or anything else!

I’ll go first…

My hope is simply that I am successful and that I learn many lessons along the way.

My worst fear is coming up with my project.  I put A LOT of pressure on myself to come up with ideas that are ground breaking and will change the world of education as we know it.  So far, I’ve got nothing!

Now your turn!


Clinical Practice…how do we set ourselves up for success?

Good day JeffCo 11,

During this week’s class we discussed the articles that referenced the 10,000 hours it takes to be a master of ones craft (or not). One thing that came to mind as I was reading the articles was this…what if those 10,000 hours were spent developing the wrong habits? Coming from a baseball background, I kept thinking about a player in the batting cage doing 10,000 swings. Maybe those first 500-1000 swings are just getting used to the weight of the bat and learning some basic mechanics of hitting. These swings may be very cookie cutter and robotic and not have a lot personalized traits to them. As the player starts to develop their own swing (leadership style/calling), they may put in 1000, 2000, 5000 swings in a manner that feels right and comfortable to them only to find out that their swing can’t hit a curve ball (a likely scenario/hardship they will have to mediate has escaped their scrutiny until now). Now how many more swings do they have to make to not only unlearn their previous swing and remove all the bad habits, but to also now develop a new swing that can fix what they were missing previously?

As we start our clinical practice journey I have the following questions:

How can we best design our clinical practice hours to ready us for as many scenarios/situations as possible?

Is there a way we can minimize having to go back and “relearn” or is it an inevitable part of our leadership journey that we have to find our way by making mistakes so that we can learn from those mistakes?

How do we effectively work with our mentors to set up a relationship where it is okay to fail in a low-stakes situation before we have to do it on our own as an administrator?

Leaders to Follow: Dwight Carter

Dwight Carter is a former high school principal in Ohio and the author of Leading Schools in Disruptive Times: How to Survive Hyper-Change and What’s In Your Space? 5 Steps for Better School and Classroom Design. He received NASSP’s Digital Principal Award in 2013!

Let’s keep growing our personal learning networks (PLNs)!

Personal Mission Statements

After reflecting on mission and vision statements on various successful and non-successful organizations, I began to ruminate on what kind of leader I am and where I find myself in the future. These thoughts led me to think about about the importance of having my own personal mission statement.

Having a personal mission statement could help guide us in so many ways, not only as leaders in the world of education. Our personal mission statements could pave the way for how we hold friendships, raise our families, plan our futures, reflect on our past, the possibilities are limitless.

We are all unique and have different beliefs. By developing our own mission statement,  we will then have a foundation and purpose to guide our decisions for our futures.

Consider writing one of our own, you may discover your true self.

Here are a few resources that I found to be helpful:

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Your Own Personal Mission Statement

Brand Yourself With Your Personal Mission Statement

Don’t Find a Job, Find Your Mission: Celeste Headlee