As we administrators make efforts to get out and in classrooms more often, I have to say how impressed we are with the great things happening in our classrooms. We do have the best teachers. We also have great education support professionals. Thank you for you hard work and efforts. There is a greater sense of urgency about learning and student achievement in our district now. We also have wonderful extra-curricular programs and coaches/advisors. I have heard great discussions about PLCs and the use of the data protocol and some great conversations about classroom observations. This will help us to improve.
Next, I want to announce that Nancy Poulson has agreed to take the additional assignment as Principal of two buildings, West and now Vernon. Heather Castagno has likewise agreed to take Anna Smith and Ibapah as Principal. We will still have lead teachers at both Vernon and Ibapah. These principals will be doing the teacher evaluations at these schools. Please feel free to route concerns and parents to these principals effective immediately. This will be a more efficient and streamlined model to help with school improvement efforts and such at these small campuses. Congratulations and thanks Nancy and Heather!
Lastly, I recently finished a small book entitled "The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus" written by David Cottrell, et al. It is available at "Walk The Talk". With the holiday season close at hand and all of this frosty and wintery weather, I thought I would share the outline (in italics):
Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus
It's not easy being Santa Claus!
In a recent conversation with Santa (he was following up on a lost order) the jovial fellow shared a few thoughts with me. He had some very good advice for those in a leadership role in any organization.
"Believe you me, having to smile and be jolly every day when you're wearing the same thick, hot, red-wool suit (that itches like crazy) is no picnic."
"I am after, after all, running a business here. I'm a boss. I've got responsibilities - both to the gift-getters and the gift-makers. There are workers to lead, letters to read, orders to fill, processes to manage, stuff to buy, stuff to make, standards to maintain, new technologies to adopt, skills to develop, elf problems to solve, and reindeer droppings to scoop (although I delegate that one). Trust me, I've got some big and not-always-easy-fitting boots to fill!"
1. Build a wonderful workshop!
2. Choose your reindeer wisely!
Hire TOUGH so you can manage EASY
PROMOTE the right ones....for the right reasons
Go for the DIVERSITY advantage
3. Make a list and check it twice!
4. Listen to the Elves!
OPEN your ears to participation
PAY ATTENTION to how you're perceived
Walk awhile in THEIR shoes
5. Get beyond the red wagons!
Help everyone accept the reality of CHANGE
Remember: The CUSTOMER is really in charge
TEACH "The Business" of the Business
6. Share the Milk and Cookies!
Help them see the difference THEY make
DO RIGHT by those who do right
Expand the reinforcement POSSIBILITIES
7. Find out who's naughty and nice!
Confront performance problems...EARLY
COACH "The Majority in the Middle"
DON'T forget "The Super Stars"
8. Be Good for Goodness Sake!
Never forget that getting big things done all year long isn't about magic. It's about Leadership!
I thank you all for helping us to build "wonderful workshops" that we call schools. We do truly appreciate all of our "reindeer and elves" that work in our workshops. We are doing much more than just building "red wagons" and getting stuck in a rut. We are changing and becoming better at what we do. It is all about the kids! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Have a great holiday season and a happy new year! Share some milk & cookies and be good for goodness sake!
Dr. Scott A. Rogers
Superintendent of Schools
Tooele County School District
92 S. Lodestone Way
Tooele, UT 84074
"Creating A Culture Of Learning For All"