Effective Districts Focus on District-Wide Goals.

Aligning District Goals and Superintendent Evaluation. As a new superintendent in Seattle Public Schools, I found that we had superintendent goals, board goals, strategic plan goals, equity goals, and many more in addition to our school improvement plans.  Over time we narrowed those to ONE set of goals. Research The research on effective districts (Waters…

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More Books on Belonging, Leadership and more

  How do we lead in tough times?  We are clear on our purpose and create a sense of belonging and ownership.  Bringing people together for a common cause. Belonging Empowerment Takes More Than a Minute Paperback – October 10, 2001 by Ken Blanchard (Author), John P Carlos (Author), Alan Randolph (Author) Super short novel format. Why top-down methods often fail and…

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Goalposts and Driving for the Finish Line

Most Strategic Plans Fail Set goals and goalposts for success. 70-90% of strategic plan initiatives fail to achieve their expected results (Kotter, Flyvbjerg). Those who succeed take—on average—four years of continuous work (Collins). Achieving strategic goals demands clear alignment and a relentless focus on execution. Use this check list to deliver on your goals. Goals:…

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Future Focused Purpose and Passion: Dr. Laurie Dent, WA Superintendent of the Year.

In a world where educational leadership demands resilience, vision, and a commitment to community, Superintendent Laurie stands as a beacon of inspiration. Recognized as the WASA 2024 State Superintendent of the Year, Laurie’s journey is one of purpose, passion, and unwavering dedication to student success. What fuels her remarkable achievements? Read more about her driving…

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Insider Scoop – A Look Behind the Scenes.

What have I been up to since my last blog? My goal in retirement has been to spend 10 hours a week on school consulting, 10 hours a week in support of non-profit leaders, and get a bit more rest and exercise than busy superintendents do.  Turns out, that means I am working pretty much…

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Growing Agency for the Common Good

Growing Agency – 90 Minutes with Peter Block – “Bringing people together as partners is our major task as leaders.” – Peter Block. Leaders get things done through and with others.  Leadership is about building strong relationships, establishing connections, and working towards the common good. While we may have specific tasks assigned, how we get…

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Strategies for Leading Co-Owned Work

Strategies for Leading Co-Owned Work Co-owned work improves outcomes and ownership. Collaborative cultures unlock teams’ full potential and drive meaningful change. Consider these strategies for creating a collaborative co-owned culture. Listen – Get on the balcony … and the dance floor Read the context; measure the energy; consider what else is going on Listen between…

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Growing a culture of learning and love

An Interview with the 2023 Washington State Superintendent of the Year – Dr. Adam Swinyard, Superintendent, Spokane Public Schools (SPS). Congratulations, Adam, on being named Washington State 2023 Superintendent of the Year! WASA highlighted your work as a champion of equity in announcing your well-deserved recognition as superintendent of the year.   Q.  How do you…

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Vital Signs for Education

Vital Signs for Education 4-minute recap of this month’s blogs “Vital signs” measure our essential bodily functions like pulse rate, temperature, respiration, and blood pressure. Vital signs tell us when our body is distressed and needs medical attention.   Education in Distress Public discourse is contentious. Mental health is compromised for kids and adults. Education seems…

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Chief Equity Advocate

1-minute summary; 6-minute read Core Question:  How do we touch hearts and minds for good? “Everything hangs on one’s thinking …” – Seneca “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford Core Idea: What we aim at … we eventually achieve.   Words matter. Values matter. Start by defining our north star…

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