Investing in Culture & Vision

A comprehensive induction program for new support staff employees is a part of our district’s overall planning process. It aligns with our district’s direction and purpose, helping employees gain confidence and feel a sense of belonging. The goal is to keep them motivated so our students reap the benefits. By investing in our existing employees and beefing up our attention to supporting new employees, we stand a much better chance of being seem as an employer of choice for top talent.

Carpet Lines Reflect Imperfect Leadership – And Why That Matters

And here is where the reminders of my imperfections as a leader come in. Each weekend as I strive for sharp, rigid lines in my carpet, I am also reminded of my desire for more linear methods of delegation, more definitive processes for decision-making, and more precise organizational systems to help me accomplish the short and long term goals I’ve established for myself as a leader, and for our district as a whole.

Inspired to Lead

I’ve experienced how our system can stack the deck against folks who are already struggling to get by, making it nearly impossible to ever escape the conditions that confine and shatter them. I’ve made it my life’s work to help open doors, windows, and other crevices of hope for those burdened by the failures of systemic injustice. I came to realize over time that I could be an agent of change; that I had capacity and untapped potential to make a difference for those who feel disenfranchised.

Inclusive Leadership – Embracing Connection and Engagement for All

As school districts embark to support inclusive school cultures, it is paramount to make sure inclusion is part of the overall strategic plan. Like students, employees want to feel included, heard and valued, and they will go above and beyond if the essential need of belonging is met. Yet in my experience working with school districts across the country, I’ve noticed key employees left out of important discussions and decisions related to systemic change.