I made a “fundamental choice” (a basic decision that affects many other decisions) a decade or two ago that focuses and motivates my Leading for Results work: I want to do everything I can to ensure that all students in all classrooms experience quality learning every day and are surrounded by supportive relationships. For that to happen, I believe, it’s essential that all teachers experience team-based learning and collaboration as part of their daily work within a culture of continuous improvement.
That is why I am passionately committed to the quality of school and district leadership—it is leadership that determines whether quality learning occurs for all students in all classroom or is reserved for the privileged few in the classrooms of a school’s best teachers.
Likewise, that is why I am committed to the development of high-performance school cultures, which are essential to the continuous improvement of teaching and learning in all classrooms. I want all leaders to co-create with their school communities cultures of integrity, trust, and interpersonal accountability.
I am committed to the presence of teamwork in every educator’s work life—teachers, principals, district administrators, and school boards. Therefore, I want all leaders to be part of leadership teams in which they continuously improve their leadership skills and performance.
It is because of these commitments that I have created this blog for schools leaders. My intended audience is leaders who are serious about improving teaching and learning for the benefit of all students and who believe their own learning is essential to achieving it.
I want to be forthright about my goal—to influence what you believe, understand, say, and do for the benefit of all your students and the school community as a whole. That doesn’t mean, however, that I want you to mimic what I believe or think, but rather to encourage you to identity the beliefs, ideas, and behaviors that will enable you to successfully lead your unique school community in the achievement of its most important goals.
You can help me realize the commitments I’ve describe above by subscribing to this blog, if you haven’t done so already, and by recommending it to colleagues.
To strengthen your leadership practice
In this post I’ve explained my fundamental choice and commitments to strengthening the leadership of district administrators, principals, and teacher leaders.
To what overarching purposes are you committed in your work? What gets you up each morning to do your challenging job?
Extend your leadership community by sharing your experiences with others in the comment section of this blog and by raising questions that may be addressed in future posts.