Sunday, September 22, 2013

Leadership Development

I recently started reading a book by John Maxwell called 5 Levels of Leadership.
There is conversation within the district to revamp the development of new leaders in the district and how to continue to develop current leaders.  One of the opportunities under this umbrella is the Aspiring School Leaders program that got kicked off this past Thursday.  Several of the people involved in designing this program have chosen Maxwell's book to read.

I was introduced to the 5 levels when I read Maxwell's book Developing the Leader Within You several years ago.  The five levels are:

1. Position - people follow because they have to
2. Permission - people follow because they want to
3. Production - people follow because of what you have done for the organization
4. People Development - people follow because of what you have done for them personally
5. Personhood - people follow because of who you are and what you represent

Interestingly enough, as a leader you are on different levels with different people throughout the organization. These levels definitely apply to me as a principal.  However, these levels also apply to anyone who has an influence of leadership role.  Classroom teachers have a tremendous opportunity to grow within these levels with the students and parents they serve.  Office staff have an opportunity to show their leadership potential with the people that they work with and come in contact with on a daily basis.   

Take the time to think about what level you are on with the people you have an influence over.  Check out Maxwell's book and learn how to move to the next level with these people.  

Saturday, September 14, 2013

My Take on the ...

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were established to provide teachers, parents, and students a clear understanding of what it is they need to learn at various levels of their K -12 educational careers.  So far, there are standards for English language arts and math.  The standards were designed to prepare students for college and real world careers.  South Carolina adopted the standards in July of 2010 and will be fully implemented in the 2014-2015 school year.  Richland School District Two has been working on implementing the CCSS into the various grade levels impacted since the state adopted the standards.

Over the last several years, the district academics team has been providing a variety of professional development sessions on the CCSS which includes training at each school at each grade level.  In addition, each school has developed a school CCSS implementation team to help with this transition.  These school teams will be responsible for providing additional professional development and resources for our teachers. North Springs' implementation team consists of Mr. Lawrence (assistant principal), Mrs. Germann (assistant principal), Dr. Catoe (STEMS lead teacher), Mr. Andrew Williams (fifth grade teacher), Mrs. Kristie Conklin (kindergarten STEMS teacher) and myself.

As a result of the district's efforts we have been provided a number of valuable resources to help us educate each other and our community about the CCSS.  Please take the time below to review some of these resources:

Common Core State Standards Initiative - a great overview of the national effort
Common Core in South Carolina - includes an implementation timeline for SC
ELA Standards
Math Standards
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium - provides examples of possible future test items
National PTA - provides parent guides to student success when it comes to CCS (Spanish and English)
SC Education Oversight Committee - provides family friendly explanation of the state standards (Spanish and English)