I am trying to lead my organization away from giving generic directives that are usually presented with an inspirational motto and a beautiful prospectus at the beginning of each school year.
Teach to reach every student! (empty motto number 1,272 and counting)
However, by the end of the semester it’s clear that plans weren’t followed and it’s too late to start because testing season is now priority number one. The previous year’s test scores were not where they wanted them to be for various reasons. There was one year where the staff was actually told at the beginning of the year that it was about the school and not about the students. This statement literally broke my spirit and heart.
I starting thinking then that it was either time to leave or lead. My introduction to the growth mindset ignited a spark that is helping me to aim for leading and I’m learning from the new wins along the way.