Behind The Scenes of Leadership (Hogan, McCord, Mayers)
*Model behaviors – you get what you model
*Communication is key
*Leadership is an “Inverted Pyramid”
*It’s lonely at the top – have support systems
*Know your WHY
*Decision making important – know your why behind your decisions
*Personal Wellness is important
Goal Setting (Jennifer Hogan & Lori Green)
Three main parts to setting goals
- What is your why? Must really reflect on this
- Why do you want the goal you’re seeking?
- Only 3% of people wrote down their goals for 2018. Must be visible
- Assign a date to reach the goal
- Create a vision board
- Tell at least three people of your goals
- “Learn , unlearn, and relearn”
- Celebrate successes along the way
Interviewing Tips (Dr. Asia Armstrong, Theresa Stager & Karen Wood)
- Know your purpose prior to applying/interviewing
- Know a solid “why” to why you’re leaving current position
- Do research on the school/district
- Be truthful in answers – say you don’t know if you don’t know
- Tell stories and have conversations
- Be authentic and vulnerable
- Make sure the position is a right fit for you as well
- Don’t be afraid to take notes
- Ask “Did I answer your question?”
- Know district’s mission and vision
- You are “on” from the moment you arrive on campus. Best foot forward
- Be prepared for anything and everything!
- Have questions ready
- Make connections with people you know in district/building
- Send thank you immediately
- Practice with your mentor!!!
Vulnerability (Jon Harper)
- Vulnerability is not a weakness, we actually need to see it as a strength
- Things people are strong in, they were often weak in
- Mistakes rouse us and strengthen us
- It’s okay to make mistakes. It allows others to make mistakes too.
- Be able to have courageous conversations with others
- Know full stories of others – moment that you share your mistake you feel a release
- Apologize and move on – a lot of power in admitting a mistake.
- Mistakes allow growth
Top Ten Things to Know About School Leadership (Dr Tim McDermott & Craig Vroom)
- Start building relationships and connecting with all stakeholders (students, teachers and parents)
- Be present at events – be with students and parents
- Eat with students, talk with parents at events
- Make students first & be with your people!
- Take time to listen to seek understanding about the school history as well important issues to the staff.
- Ask “What needs to start? What needs to stop? What should we continue?”
- Make connections with all staff
- Meet with teams of teachers
- Hacking Leadership great book to read!
- It’s okay to not know everything.
- Show vulnerability to staff -leads to trust
- Show you’re not the smartest in the room- collaborate
- Seek advice when needed – have a PLN!
- Be on time!
- Stay true to your commitments
- Cancel meetings if it’s just a meeting to meet
- Value people’s time
- Share dates of meetings ahead of time for planning purposes
- Have teachers/staff lead meetings
- Don’t hold meetings where you are the one talking – small group break outs, others lead, etc.
- Have an agenda – have a take-a-way for implementation – ACTION!
- Offer professional development / growth opportunities
- Offer teachers/staff an opportunity to grow – book chats, morning meetings, etc.
- Address topics such as social/emotional learning
- Hold staff accountable
- Hold crucial conversations
- Be a role model- walk the walk/talk the talk
- Listen – shows you’re invested
- Connect with students
- Email can wait. Students are there certain times. Be with them.
- Be in classrooms, lunchroom, etc.
- Have FUN!!!
- Do things with students – play games, interact in class activities
- Allow student ran podcasts, announcements
- Laugh, make a fool of yourself!
- Work to cultivate, create and care for the culture in the school
- Be intentional – start with relationships
- Work to create celebrations, rituals, traditions
- Ask questions, what is important to your staff?
- Write handwritten letters to your staff. Show appreciation.
Work/Life Balance (Lori Green & Mark French)
- Need to make priorities
- Use tools – Use Smartphone to sync calendars
- Color Note is a great app to use for calendars
- If you have an open door policy, make time for yourself (calls, lunch, etc)
- Know your Support Team (Family, specific team members, PLN)
- Delegate tasks
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help
- Be authentic with staff – staff will step up
- Have FUN with your staff (treat trolleys, ice cream bars, popcorn parties)
- Celebrate staff
- Have a specific cut off time for work at home
- Schedule as many meetings as you can for the year and announce – no surprise meeting or unnecessary meetings; respect time of others
- Address your well being – You’re a parent, spouse, etc., too! Family First
Resumes, Cover Letters & Portfolios (Jennifer Hogan & Jacie Maslyk)
- Do not need to be limited to one page
- No “cutesy” stuff (flowers, pictures, etc) – No “Pinterest” Resumes
- Start with leadership experiences – top of resumes need to set you apart from others
- Ask others for feedback
- Use strong words/verbs
- Spell check – ask others to edit
- Stand out in an appropriate way
- Don’t repeat the resume
- Draw the reader in
- Do your homework about the district/school
- Be authentic and relatable
- Digital is best
- Link on resume (use bitly)
- Send ahead of time to interviewers
- Samples in portfolio – link blog too!
- OK to email it prospective employers
School Leadership: Behind the Scenes (Mark French & Craig Vroom)
- Relationships are the key to success in leadership!
- 1st days of school are important – check out Alan November’s work
- Follow #PrincipalsInAction on Twitter
- Take time to call home – #GoodNewsCallOfTheDay (Principal French started this!)
- Don’t put off difficult conversations/phone calls; address problems right away
- Have strong communication skills
- Make sure you have a work/life balance and model this to staff (take personal days, eat lunch)
- Acknowledge the difference between leading and managing
- Engage in learning opportunities – Twitter, PD, Conferences, serve on state and national organizations
- Thank and acknowledge others
The Importance of Relationships (Jon Wennstrom, Lori Green & Allyson Apsey)
- Rita Pierson’s TedTalk
- Be A Champion for Every Student
- Keys to Creating the Ultimate School Culture
- Watch Facebook Live Episodes of The Principal’s Playhouse with Jon and Allyson
- Relationships, relationships, relationships … key to success
- Must take time to build trust within staff
- Have entry conversations with your staff. WHat’s working well? WHat needs improved?
- Meet with students and parents
- If you have an open door policy – keep it.
- Be transparent & purposeful
- Assume positive intent
- Do fun, creative things with your staff (outings, scavenger hunts, painting classes)
- Show staff they matter – treats, special events (½ day personal leave)
Building Your Skill Set / Professional Development (Alyse Consiglio & Tim McDermott)
- Immerse yourself in learning about other subjects – you don’t have to be an expert, but be willing to learn.
- Coach or mentor others.
- Ask for leadership opportunities. Projects, mentor teachers, present, learn scheduling, assist with testing)
- Attend and present at EdCamps
- Embrace Technology – Tell your story or someone else will
- Try Blogging, Remind, Hour of Code, Book Studies, Twitter.
- Understand data! Key when interviewing.
- Be creative with resume. Doesn’t have to be “one size fits all”. Make a website – go digital! At interviews, be passionate and show who you are!
- It is important to reflect often. Know your why!
- Mentorship is so important! “Never go alone!”
- It’s critical to ask for feedback.
- READ every day!
- CONNECT! Face to Face or Virtually with like minded people.
- Attend conferences and join organizations – Great way to bring ideas back to your building and connect.
Tech Tools and Tips Takeaways (Jennifer Hogan)
- To make Twitter Chats manageable try TweetDeck or TweetChat
- Join a Twitter Chat – here’s a running list of chats!
- For amazing graphics of all kinds try Canva
- Follow @cybraryman1 on Twitter (lists of resources)
- Blogging is the new resume! (WordPress or Blogger are user friendly)
- Voxer is an easy way to communicate with others – download app to phone
- Add Boomerang to your Gmail to schedule emails
- Use Remind as a communication tool for staff/students/community
- SMORE is an easy way to make newsletter