Adaptive Thinking

Adaptive Thinking We continue to adapt our thinking around COVID.  Just when we have it all figured out, something changes.  In times of certainty we look for technical solutions.  Now, in times of UNcertainty, we seek adaptive solutions. Here is a big picture look at Adaptive Thinking: Bay of Pigs: It was clear to his…

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Adaptive Leadership

Adaptive Leadership Our primary task as leaders is to keep hope alive … and keep moving toward our shared vision.  Now, thanks to COVID, we once again (sigh) need to remain agile and adaptive to uncertain times. AND we need our leadership team right there beside us … renewing hope … remaining flexible and help…

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Adaptive Messaging

Adaptive Messaging Communicate Hope: Leaders communicate hope and energy even in the midst of uncertainty.  Some on our staff are hurting from loss. Others are fearful for their safety. And some are opposed to vaccines and masks. How do we as leaders fill everyone’s bucket … so they in turn … can fill student buckets? …

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Leadership Voice

Larry Nyland

Leadership Voice … in support of racial equity  “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” This quote likely comes from John Stuart Mill’s inaugural address in 1867. “Let not any one pacify his conscience by the delusion that he can do no harm if he takes no…

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Great Ideas – Federal Way – Board of the Year

An Interview with Dr. Tammy Campbell … Federal Way Supt … Board of the Year 2020 The Federal Way Public School’s Board of Directors was named Board of the Year for 2020 by the Washington State School Directors Association AND recognized as a school of distinction for five years in a row.  They were recognized…

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Michelle Reid: National Superintendent of the Year

Michelle Reid: National Superintendent of the Year

An Interview with Michelle Reid, National Superintendent of the Year: Recognized for Northshore’s focus on Educational Justice Congratulations, Michelle, on your recognition as AASA National Superintendent of the Year, for 2021.  You and your Northshore team have done great work.  Thank you for sharing your hard won wisdom, successes and lessons learned along the way.…

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We All Belong Here Campaign

Extending the Equity Table … from the school board to the community: Creating a culture where all stakeholders have a seat, a voice and a responsibility for change. By Dr. Wade Smith, Superintendent; and Dr. Julie Perrón, Director of Equity and Dual Programs How do we engage our community in positive ways to talk about…

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Think Strategically for a Better Future

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Strategic Thinking  By Larry Nyland and Pam Posey January is the time of new starts and new resolutions. Never have we been so eager to turn a page and start anew. What can you do now to make 2021 a big improvement over 2020? Focus on leadership! “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into…

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Core Values that Grow Strong Cultures

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Growing and Living Core Values Core values are “true north” for navigating in good times, and especially so in tough times. When I arrived in Seattle as superintendent, I found that we met regularly with: a) Small Cabinet: a dozen senior executives; and b) Extended Cabinet: three dozen middle-level leaders. First Effort | Cabinet Norms =…

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Connecting in Spite of “Remote” Restrictions

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Caring and Connecting in “Remote” Times “Our confidence is shaken. Teachers are exhausted, working harder than ever to engage kids virtually. Working longer hours, feeling that nothing is enough. Never have I seen teachers and staff so hungry, so thirsty for one good word. They hang on every compliment, every note of thanks, more so…

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