So, what does it take to be a heart-centered leader? If the following 21 traits sound familiar, you may be well on your way to a form of leadership driven by the principles of authenticity and integrity rather than the pursuit of profit at any and all cost.
"I have asked my staff to focus on two things this year: equity in the classroom and deepened alignment to the Common Core standards."
"The “trick” in the 2014-2015 school year is for our school to understand that the adopted standards inform an aspect of our students experience of their educational path, but that the whole journey has to be devised, created, and implemented by our team. We could make that journey single-minded and not embrace the diversity within our community or we can make that journey a robust one; one that pauses for clarity, embraces difficult conversations, and encourages the development of cultural competencies in all of our community members."
Forbes challenged experts to single out five big ideas that could Make U.S. school kids tops in the world. Then we quantified The costs and benefits. Behold: an ROI-driven turnaround plan for our children (With a $225 Trillion Dividend).
"FORBES sought to spur debate by quantifying the seemingly unquantifiable. We set out to determine the costs and benefits of taking U.S. schoolkids from their middling global rankings to top five in the world, as measured by math scores and rates for high school graduation, college entry and four-year college completion."
Enhanced School Leadership was, by far, the lowest investment, but had the highest rate of return.
In other words, if funds are limited, spend them on principals.
Of the five proposals, School Leadership was, by far, the best investment to make in improving schools.
Teacher Efficacy/Salaries - Cost-$4.8 Trillion ROI - 12X
Universal Pre-K - Cost $1.1 Trillion ROI - 34X
School Leadership - Cost $11Billion ROI - 5,551X
Blended Learning - Cost $43 Billions ROI - 746X
Common Core Standards - Cost $185 Billion ROI - 149X
We know that technology has changed education and it is only going to continue to do so. Teachers will not only accept these changes in technology, but will embrace them if they feel confident in the learning experience....
Following up on my post around the 7 Principles of The Future Employee, I wanted to share another concept which is the 10 Principles of The Future Manager. When it comes to the future of work it’s not just employees that are changing, managers are also having to change the ways [...]
This is a synopsis of an eloquent reply to Time magazine's cover story on bad teachers. As practitioners we know the majority of our staff are not rotten apples. With ever more mandates and stressors out upon teachers, we leaders must work to ensure the few bad apples don't spoil the rest of them.
A Charlotte mother is expressing concern after a class assignment she considers offensive was given to high school students. Some say it has racial undertones.
Nancy J. Herr's insight:
If you are in a school leadership position, chances are you've dealt with a situation like this. If you haven 't, you will. It is just this type of situation that can get out of hand and cause havoc with your public relatIons. Obviously, prevention of offensive material is the best route, but it is not always obvious what might be offensive. A strong relationship with your parents is a great place to start and can help you get past misunderstandings. So can a little humility.
What you may think is a weakness can actually be a sign of strength. Why showing you're human can actually help your career.
Nancy J. Herr's insight:
Part of shared leadership means you don't have to be the expert on everything, you don't have to hide flaws in your system. You can admit you or your school are vulnerable and get your staff to help problem solve.