Leadership Beliefs

  • Leaders must spend as much time in classrooms as possible!
  • Impact. We should not chase the next shiny technology thingy but remain focused on things that have the biggest impact on learning in our classrooms.
  • Humility, and the willingness to change. Learning is change!
  • Question everything. Everything should be on the table for consideration, including our most basic assumptions.
  • Systems approach. We are embedded within complex systems. We must address the leadership and contextual factors that surround and infuse our work.
  • Progress, not perfection. Don’t just talk about doing stuff, do it. If it didn’t go as well as you had hoped, learn from it and change it for next time.
  • Transparency. We deserve openness, honesty, and transparency about our work together. If something is unclear or is causing concern, let’s chat. When in doubt, overcommunicate with one another.
  • Collaboration. Together we can do anything. Together we can do amazing work. Together we can be remarkable.
  • Laggards. Spend time with folks who go beyond the ‘yes, but’ and embrace the ‘why not?’ and the ‘how can we?’
  • Respect. Everyone brings multitudes of skill and insights to the table. We need to honor people’s voices and talents. Autonomy is a fundamental human need.
  • Kindness. Sniping, backbiting, bullying, and general meanness have no place in either our personal or professional lives.
  • Healthy Conflict. Productive, healthy disagreement can get us through roadblocks. Lean into conflict rather than shy away from it. The path to resolution does not start with avoidance.