Tag: #K-12

Solution Weekly April 24-30, 2022

Is Culture more important than Vision?

As the leader of your organization, you have a great deal of responsibility. There is no more significant responsibility than taking care of those you serve. All of your team members need to know your vision, but most importantly, they need to know they can trust you.

The culture of your environment is critical. The vision you have can be incredible, but a toxic environment can destroy it before you begin to build. What can you do as a leader? Let’s ask hard questions, design plans, and develop habits, processes, and purpose together.

How to find common ground?

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Romans 14:19

One of my family members talked about how she’d pointedly been asked by a co-worker which political party she belonged to. The aim in asking the question seemed to be to predict whether she could agree with her on any number of issues. In an effort to find common ground between them, she simply replied, “Since we’re both believers, I’d rather focus on our unity in Christ.”

Many issues continue to divide a country which we claim to be The United States of America. How can you find common ground? We can point one another to truths. Instead of passing judgements on one another, we can encourage to seek truth. Why are we living without asking questions, seeking to understand, and having the truth confirmed without any doubts? Are we independent thinkers or part of group thinkers?

When did a difference of opinion cause division between you and another individual?

Absent from learning

“The report Report, originally published by the Government Accountability Office last month but updated with new information this week, is part of the federal government’s ongoing efforts to understand how the pandemic affected the country’s public school system. The data was pulled from a nationally representative survey of public school teachers that the GAO contracted Gallup to conduct about their experiences during the 2020-21 school year.” -US News Education, “Nearly Half of Teachers Had Students Who Never Showed Up to Class Last Year: Report” By

Continuing to strive for success

Success is a goal for each of us. Many tools, resources, strategies, and ways to develop success are available. We have looked at many different things on our path to success, and we will continue to strive to look at more. Success is always a work in progress and something you have today but can lose tomorrow. Change brings many elements into the circle, and we have to be prepared to handle change each day.

Celebrate

April 25, 2022

Thank you for celebrating with me this week! I believe in life; we celebrate as often as possible when we have reached a goal, accomplished something, or enjoyed a beautiful day. Gratitude shared daily is a gift we can all share together. Thank you for sharing your time, thoughts, ideas, and space with me!

Solution Weekly April 3-9, 2022

As a leader, create paths to follow but encourage others to provide stronger roads to travel!

This past week several individuals reached out to me, reminding me of what they have learned while traveling the educational path with me. They are now on educational roads of their own, and it is so rewarding to watch them grow.

Listening to others tell you of things they learned from you as a leader is very humbling and rewarding. It provides you with an opportunity to get REAL-Review, Evaluate, Analyze and Listen. Are they taking from your leadership what you intend for them to learn?

The funny thing about leadership is that you do not know the level of your impact immediately, and when someone shares with you, it is so valuable in helping to shape your influence. People are influenced by your leadership even when you think they may not be. “I was facing a situation, and I thought, what would Yoho do?”

Heartstrings

Do you make decisions sometimes based on someone pulling on your heart? There are many campaigns, advertisements and slogans to pull at your emotions to make you think you need to buy, vote for, or choose what they are saying.

Let me tell you, the family’s baby knows how to work those heartstrings! Then suddenly, you think, hey, the other kids did not get away with that stuff! What do you do when you feel your heartstrings being pulled?

Where do we go from here?

We see things changing and hear of some additional changes on the horizon. Where do you see us going? Where should we go from here? What are the areas you would like improved? Lots of things to think about, thoughts to share, and plans to make.

What made your list of leadership qualities to have in 2022?

Being a leader in 2022 is the same, different, or we don’t know? Do the qualities and skills need to be the same? What are your thoughts? Do we need different leadership qualities? What is the most important quality for a leader? Why?

I believe a job title does not define leadership. Leadership is part of our lives at different stages and areas. We provide opportunities for children to explore, experience, and engage in leadership. We have many lists of characteristics and qualities created over many decades to identify excellent leaders. Has leadership changed? Do the qualities change? How can we help children grow to become great leaders?

We need your help! Tell us what qualities do great leaders need.

Acceptance brings peace

Change is always happening! The pandemic ushered in several shifts in our lives and education! It is when we can accept things we cannot change we can continue to move forward. There are things we can change and with these we follow our core values.

Identify the ‘what”, the “how” will follow. We cannot make the “how” an excuse not to face and accept the “what.” “When” we accept the “what” and “how” as our own, the realization of “who” needs to do the work required to make change is found.

Acceptance brings peace and reminders of our “why,” “what” we do, “how” we react, and “when” we accept, positive change can happen.

Teaching Together

Teaching together in a school can be great, or it can be a very challenging situation. Teacher collaboration occurs when members of a learning community work together to increase student learning and achievement. What happens when you have a few who do not want to go along with the team? There could be a few staff members who do not believe the children you serve can learn or improve.

If our ultimate destination as educators is student achievement, think of teacher collaboration as the journey. Collaboration is not a task to complete then move on; it’s an ever-changing and ongoing process. As a positive team member, it is your responsibility to help overcome those barriers in the journey to prevent student achievement from happening. Toxic cultures and climates impact student learning when teachers are not teaching together.

“Students will learn more and be more successful in an environment where all educators believe they can learn at high levels, and those educators work together to convince the students that they can achieve lofty academic goals teachers set for them.”-Transforming School Culture (pg.25) by Anthony Muhammad

Building a collaborative culture and a strong collaboration takes commitment to develop over time. The benefits are clear from these practices and beliefs. Authentic, collaborative communities address common issues, shared goals, school-wide initiatives, deeper teacher learning, and results in student achievement.

Strategies to build teacher collaboration

  • Create shared vision and goals
  • Identify group norms
  • Build a sense of community
  • Effective communication
  • Professional learning

Working as a collaborative team with a common purpose supports all in the process. Choose to be the solution daily by designing climates and cultures for all learners.