Ambition. Prestige. Honor. Position. These seem to be elusive destinations that some trek towards or elusive suitors to be pursued and won. There are many individuals hung up on title and rank and feel their own self-worth is defined by the signature line on their email or the letterhead on the company stationery. I know…Read more Are you waiting for a title?
Ok, I’m late to the party. I know that Teacher Appreciation Week technically is over, but I must admit I had some challenges in putting my thoughts down about how much gratitude I have for the teachers I serve alongside and the others across the nation who daily answer the call. For me, this week…Read more So many adults doing it for “them” – Teacher Appreciation Week 2022
I feel tired already looking at what’s coming up this week. Just so you stay in the know as well, National Robotics Week is April 2-9, National Library Week is April 3-9. National Window Safety Week is April 4-10 and National Wildlife Week is April 5-9. You can look it up. I found it on…Read more National Assistant Principals Week — AP’s doing it for them!
How are you starting off this semester? Is it a reset, relaunch, reboot or redux from the fall? I wrote a short piece for my state association this fall that talked about how we were all first-year educators in the age of this pandemic at the beginning of this year (see "Leading Virtual Learning" at https://issuu.com/dawnccosa.org/docs/9.20_issue_better_schools). Although…Read more Reflecting on lessons learned from first semester heading into the next.
Three years ago on President’s Day weekend, I posted a blog to not only commemorate the holiday but also reflect upon thoughts and statements some of our leaders have made about education. If you’re interested, you can find that post at https://ericlfox.com/2017/02/20/do-it-for-them-this-presidents-day-and-each-day/ This year I decided to revisit the topic. Perhaps we’re already tired of…Read more President’s Day reflections on education redux
What I never want to hear….“school sucks.” Or even worse, “my school sucks.” I don’t believe that teenagers are naturally apathetic. I think apathy and disengagement are learned behaviors or defense mechanisms deployed out of necessity. When children start school, they have dreams of what their lives could be. If they lose hope by the time…Read more Do it for the Disengaged!
There is a tremendous amount of literature surrounding the concept of “servant leadership” these days. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) states that servant leaders “...possess a serve-first mindset, and they are focused on empowering and uplifting...They are serving instead of commanding, showing humility instead of brandishing authority, and always looking to enhance the…Read more Do it for the “teacher-servants”
I had a conversation recently with an educational leader who gave me some important insight and advice into my calling. He told me that my number one priority as a leader should be to build and maintain relationships. He said that without that ability, all the other tasks or expectations associated with the job description…Read more My need for maintenance
I've had the great learning opportunity to participate in the McKinsey Management Program for School Leaders through the National Association of Secondary School Principals. It has provided tremendous growth around the area of communication and mastering challenging conversations. Perhaps the greatest challenge any of us faces in our personal and professional lives revolves around the…Read more Do it for them, not because it’s easy, but because it is hard.