I’m often asked what I’m going to do with my summer now that students and teachers are on break. There seems to be a mental model that my work and that of others in our office comes to a halt when students leave. That is not an accurate picture of our reality as the work continues, but there are opportunities to change focus. For example, time that was prioritized for working directly with principals and others on our Classroom 10 goal can now be given to increasing my knowledge through reading and reflection.
I have more time during this part of the year for continuing my leadership journey. This means reading and searching for the next nuggets to increase our capacity to distribute leadership throughout the system. One of my primary responsibilities is to ensure that we balance the high demands placed on principals and teachers with high support and to create cultures that are reflective and future focused. In my current reading, the following are two of the questions I’m focused on answering and looking to the reading for those coveted nuggets. What knowledge and skills do administrators and teacher leaders need to create supports that position all teachers to successfully implement the instructional practices embedded in our Key Content learning goal? What must leaders do to shift deeply held mental models about what success looks and sounds like in post high school learning and work experiences.
So, what am I and will I be reading? There are a number of books on my table that have been accumulating dust that have now moved from a pile to a place where I will use them. The first is the three laws of performance by Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan. That will be followed in an undetermined order by Renewal Coaching by Reeves and Allison, Habit by Duhigg, Join the Club by Rosenberg, and TheThird Teacher. Oh, Nancy has also directed me to read Pathways to the Common Corem ., but I’m still waiting for a deadline before starting.
Please let me know when you come across a good leadership book because there is always room for one more.