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First impressions new school admistrator 7.31.2018


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First impressions new school admistrator 7.31.2018

  1. 1. First Impressions for New School Leaders NDCEL Bootcamp July 31, 2018 Dr. Michael McNeff Scott Privratsky
  2. 2. If you want to know about the culture of a school, see how the adults greet kids and you will learn a lot. – Todd Whitaker
  3. 3. Evaluate your school offices Do their faces shine bright or do they appear stressed and burdened? Listen to the words spoken. Is the tone kind and sincere or harsh and tempered? Are conversations positive? Are all students welcomed with a sincere and friendly hello? (Even those who may be there for disciplinary reasons?) Does the environment present itself in a professional way? Are there student artifacts that portray a positive message about the school?
  4. 4. Good questions to ask... What is the culture of our school? What makes our school different than other schools? What feelings and emotions are evoked when you think about our school? What type of school culture do we want? Think about your school five years from now. What do you hope will be different? What stories do you need to start telling today to make it happen?
  5. 5. Perception vs. Reality
  6. 6. Assessing Climate and Culture School Culture Rewired: ● School Culture Typology Activity p. 67 ● The “Who Owns What?” Survey p. 99 ● Exit Surveys ● Listening Tour (Community groups, civic organizations, teachers, support staff, etc)
  7. 7. Do you have a climate and culture plan?
  8. 8. Have a conversation with someone near you about evaluating your school culture.
  9. 9. Ceramic Cup: A Lesson on Humility
  10. 10. Position/Rank doesn’t matter.
  11. 11. Compassion Compassion is not soft, warm, or fuzzy. It’s hard. Compassion means giving an employee tough but appropriate feedback. Compassion means making difficult decisions for the good of the organization, even when it negatively impacts individuals.
  12. 12. Your culture of your organization will be defined by the worst behavior you are willing to tolerate. - Whitaker and Gruenert
  13. 13. Carry the banner If the story of your school is being told by people who don’t have a connection to it, then you probably need to change your approach. - Sanfelippo and Sinanis
  14. 14. Develop an Entry Plan Needs assessment ● What are you most proud of? ● What areas would you like to see growth in? ● What are your expectations of me? Example: Tony Sinanis Entry Interviews
  15. 15. Have a conversation with someone near you about something that caught your eye in the previous slides.
  16. 16. What are the biggest challenges facing schools today?
  17. 17. Common Responses ● Standardized Testing ● State and Federal Mandates ● Lack of Funding and Resources ● Teacher Evaluation and Accountability ● Micro-Managing School Boards ● Teacher Turnover/Shortage ● Poverty ● Poor Parenting ● Mental Health Issues
  18. 18. Resources
  19. 19. Resources Continued.... Reading the Mind in the Eye Test - Social Intelligence Test Forget the Pecking Order at Work - Margaret Heffernan Start with Why - Simon Sinek
  20. 20. What resources are we missing?
  21. 21. It cannot be the sole job of the leader to improve the climate and culture - it takes everyone, every single day, and every interaction matters.
  22. 22. Relationships Matter MEETING/GREETING NEW PEOPLE ● SMILE-It makes everyone feel comfortable. ● PROPER HANDSHAKE--Conveys confidence. ● REINFORCE NAMES--Forgetting names is a lack of focus, not some hereditary/brain deficiency. ● SPEAK CLEARLY ● MAKE EYE CONTACT ● BE CONSCIOUS OF YOUR BODY LANGUAGE ● TALK IN TERMS OF THE OTHER PERSON’S INTERESTS--You are not that interesting to them!
  23. 23. Relationships Relationships Relationships
  24. 24. Students are inherently the most important people entering our school building. – Jimmy Casas
  25. 25. Be Present Focused vs. Distracted Aware vs. Autopilot If we are distracted and on autopilot, we are not present with our people.
  26. 26. What motivates people are the bonds and loyalty and trust they develop between each other. What matters is the mortar, not just the bricks. - Margaret Heffernan
  27. 27. Develop Your Network ● Be active in your organization (NDCEL) ● Colleagues/Mentors ● Administrative Team ● Staff Members (Certified and Classified) ● School Board Members ● Community Members ● Parents ● Students
  28. 28. Visible and Accessible
  29. 29. Distance creates arrogance.
  30. 30. Visible and Accessible ● Being Visible and Accessible are 2 Different Concepts. ● Approachable? Are people comfortable visiting with you? ○ --This is directly connected to the relationships you have cultivated. ● Are you a good Listener? ● Do you make people feel valued? ● Are you a collaborator? ● Are you genuine, honest, and possess a high level of integrity? ○ Genuine--truly what something is said to be; authentic. ○ Honest--free of deceit and untruthfulness; sincere. ○ Integrity--having strong moral principles.
  31. 31. Your calendar is a good indicator of your focus as a leader.
  32. 32. Everyone take a quick glance at your calendars for the first few weeks of school. What is your focus? Do your actions align with your talk?
  33. 33. Have a conversation with someone near you about how you personally make an effort to be visible and accessible.
  34. 34. Leadership today is about unlearning management and relearning being human. - Hougaard and Carter
  35. 35. Leadership
  36. 36. Create Leaders Leadership was not meant to be committee of one, exercised in isolation. Flatten the organization and allow teachers and support staff to be involved in the decision making.
  37. 37. Leadership ● As the leader you will be expected to make decisions. ● Always make defensible decisions. ● Seek input and assistance. ● You can learn something from everyone. ● Admit your mistakes, you are human. ● If you err, err on the side of your employees. ● Work collaboratively. ● Focus decisions on student outcomes. ● Make changes for educational reasons, not just “to change”.
  38. 38. It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. -Harry S. Truman
  39. 39. Leadership
  40. 40. How have you or how will you develop leaders?
  41. 41. Passion Bias I feel so strongly about it, no one can stop me.
  42. 42. What not to do….
  43. 43. What did we miss???
  44. 44. Contact Information Dr. Michael McNeff Rugby Superintendent Twitter: @mdmcneff Email: Scott Privratsky Devils Lake Superintendent Email: