Culture eats strategy for breakfast.
Branding our schools
Through social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, we have the ability to brand our schools as learning hubs where we are transparent, creative, and purposeful.
Our schools must reflect innovation, collaboration, and a safe place where our students own their learning.
I have helped establish this culture within Swartz Creek and would bring a plethora of leadership experiences that will expand the branding of each school and the school community as a whole.
Developing and fostering a Growth Mindset is essential in creating a true culture of learning. Our staff and students must see failure as the first attempt in learning and embrace the challenges that they will face each day.
My knowledge and experience in developing a Growth Mindset will help foster a positive environment where success is celebrated and failure is looked upon as true learning.
Feedback loops for staff and the school community
Feedback is key and is the only way to move a school community forward. During my time as both a building principal , and an Assistant Superintendent, I have gained feedback from all groups of the school community and have developed professional development plans, communication plans, technology integration plans, and other pertinent initiatives based on the data received.
Changing our perspective
Whether it is socio-economic, race, or learning styles, our school community is made up of many different families from many different backgrounds. For a school community to thrive in today's world, we must embrace diversity, learn from one another, and work together to accomplish the goals we set forth to do what is right for our students.
Empathy and cultural responsiveness are two building blocks of a strong school culture, leading to success in the 21st century.
My experience working with youth and adults in these areas will help spark new perspectives and ideas when it comes to teaching and learning.