#Suptchat Recap: Unfinished Leadership: A School Leadership Framework
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In case you missed last night's #suptchat, the Paper team is here to provide you with a comprehensive recap.
Superintendents Michael Lubelfeld and Nick Polyak facilitated this month's conversation between school leaders about “Unfinished Leadership: A School Leadership Framework”—the title of their new book.
If you want to dive deeper into tonight's topic of Unfinished Leadership, check out our latest book at https://t.co/17LPTRobdK #suptchat pic.twitter.com/nMEvovjXz4— Michael Lubelfeld (@mikelubelfeld) May 6, 2021
Q1: There is no "best" version of ourselves, only the "next" version of ourselves. We are all Unfinished. Share a picture or a .gif that captures the idea of embracing the idea of being an Unfinished Leader.
Perfection is an impossible goal. We can, however, make progress by accepting that our greatest strength can be the will to change and grow.
A1: Just read a great blog by @gcouros that helped me reflect on empowering educators to try new things, take risks, & look at failures as opportunities for learning. Creating a culture where we strive to elevate one another is always a focus for leadership growth. #suptchat pic.twitter.com/0WWJmPuK5H— Mary Havis (@maryhavis) May 6, 2021
A1: Unfinished means dealing with uncomfortable spaces and situations. Embracing uncomfortable emotions and situations help us to grow in our journey! #suptchat pic.twitter.com/mJvaBq5AuS— Chad Prosen (@drprosen) May 6, 2021
Q1: Always in the process of self-improvement in all aspects of my life! The totally reachable goal is to— Dr. Efraín Martínez (@EMartinezEdD) May 6, 2021
for 1% better
every day"! #suptchat pic.twitter.com/73Z4HHEWIY
Q2: Unfinished Leadership starts with empathy. If you are going to serve others, you need to understand them and empathize with their needs. How do we get better at empathy as leaders?
When you’ve put yourself in another person’s shoes, you have a greater understanding of what they need and how to lead them to it.
A2: Empathy connects to service. Take time to learn people's stories. Ask questions about hopes, dreams, and plans for the future. Find ways to help them move forward. #suptchat— Brian J. Nichols (@bjnichols) May 6, 2021
A2: I think viewing your students, staff, and parents as humans. Everyone has families and life outside of school- make knowing those things a priority, it will make empathy easy. #suptchat— Kate Kwasny (@KwasnyKate) May 6, 2021
A2: A few things that come to mind about being an empathetic leader are truly listening with an intent to understand & being honest and authentic. Seeking input, being supportive, and building relationships help create space for productive problem solving discussions #suptchat— Mary Havis (@maryhavis) May 6, 2021
A2: In order to truly show empathy, we must listen to what others are telling us...not keep pushing our own agenda...strive to put our own ego to the side and understand and serve others around us- BELIEVE in others. As leaders, ego has to be checked at the door- daily. #suptchat— Dr. Courtney Orzel (@drorzel) May 6, 2021
Q3: Unfinished Leaders have a way of unearthing and addressing inequities in our schools. What are you tackling right now or what equity issue in your distri needs tackling?
There’s a lot of work to be done, and every district will be different, but we can create equity by being open and honest with what we see.
A3: We have a group of students in our social justice club who are leading the way with some much needed conversations and actions. Listening & supporting them is important to me. #Suptchat— Dan_Cox (@Dan_Cox) May 6, 2021
Q4: High fives with students and staff is the action I miss the most!— Dr. Efraín Martínez (@EMartinezEdD) May 6, 2021
The sudden contact of the palms created magnanimity among the entire school community!
The elbow-greeting thing might work! #suptchat pic.twitter.com/S9VZl6jTR6
A3: @AnaheimUHSD BLM Taskforce write & BOT approved equity policy; now writing Restorative Justice BOT policy; moving fwd w/ implicit bias PL; Ways2Equity Playbook; Grading for Equity; Ethnic Stds grad requirement; cult responsive pedagogy & more. #suptchat pic.twitter.com/bUuq4GA6vf— Dr. Renae Bryant (@DrRenaeBryant) May 6, 2021
Q4: Our schools should be constantly adapting and changing to meet the needs of our students. How will school look and feel different after this pandemic?
Certain elements will feel familiar, but there’s no question that things have changed. What will stay?
A4: More access to services (esp. mental health), technology, and more personalized (competency-based) education need to keep happening. We need to take care of each student, teacher, administrator, and family. It's a tall order, but it's the right mindset. #suptchat #village— 𝔻𝕣. 𝕊𝕙𝕒𝕟𝕟𝕒 𝕊𝕡𝕚𝕔𝕜𝕒𝕣𝕕 🍎 (@SSpickard) May 6, 2021
A4: Many leaders I have spoken to in the last month have shared how they are going to offer virtual learning next year for students and that they would have NOT considered this as an option before the pandemic. #suptchat— Dr. Kristen Paul (@MrsKristenPaul) May 6, 2021
A4 The one size fits all, we are your only option for an education mentality of schools is going to be significantly challenged moving forward.— Yancey Sanderson (@YanceySanderson) May 6, 2021
We better adapt and keep up or we could be headed the way of Blockbuster. #suptchat
A4: I hope some version of snow days still exist - the amount of "life" learning that takes place during a snow day is fabulous! I hope zoom remains an option for parents to participate in meetings/conferences/conversations #suptchat— Kristen Bordonaro 🌟 (@Kmbordonaro) May 6, 2021
Q5: Not all professional development is effective. What is the most valuable PD you've ever done and what set it apart from all of the others?
There are a finite amount of hours wherein leaders can cultivate their staff’s professional lives. How do you maximize this precious resource?
A5: Some of. the best professional learning experiences allowed for choice, hands-on learning, opportunities for discussion with colleagues, self-reflection, immediate application, fun! #suptchat— Mary Havis (@maryhavis) May 6, 2021
A5: The most valuable PD for me is any opportunities I have to listen and learn with supts in my area, state and nationally. There are so many talented people in our profession with much to share. #Suptchat— Dan_Cox (@Dan_Cox) May 6, 2021
A5 #suptchat Most valuable PD I've ever done is PD (or teaching) where the learners produce meaningful and actionable "evidence" of their learning - can be EcCamp @EdcampUSA can be @AASAHQ or @IllinoisASA hands on workshop - Agency Voice of Learner is the set apart to me pic.twitter.com/1s9K3kT5tR— Michael Lubelfeld (@mikelubelfeld) May 6, 2021
Q6: Old answers won't always work to solve new problems. Who do you turn to to expand your "bag of tricks" and help you solve the modern challenges of school leadership in 2021 and beyond?
It’s not hard to find tips. But it can be challenging to find credible, realistic, and applicable tips.
A6: Connections who work outside of education. Education has its unique challenges, but some similarities exist in other industries, and the different perspectives really help you think about alternatives. #suptchat— Alexander Deeb (@AlexanderDeeb) May 6, 2021
#suptchat A6: If I need help, I turn to my many supt friends and colleagues, most of which have connections to @IllinoisASA @AASAHQ @IEI_K12 @ideaillinois pic.twitter.com/9F8oAb43CC— Todd Dugan (@tdugan75) May 6, 2021
A6: I love learning from new and seasoned teachers--we cannot forget the experts on the frontlines, putting thought into to their practice everyday. We have to approach new answers collaboratively....the smartest person in the room.....is the room. Model what we expect.#suptchat— 𝔻𝕣. 𝕊𝕙𝕒𝕟𝕟𝕒 𝕊𝕡𝕚𝕔𝕜𝕒𝕣𝕕 🍎 (@SSpickard) May 6, 2021
Q7: The book lays out a six part framework for school leaders (empathy, equity, adapt, develop, communicate, lead). What do you think you need to most focus on as a leader right now?
Remember, as an unfinished leader, you are allowed to have your priorities change. But, for now, this is what participants hope to tackle.
A7: We ALL need to focus on empathy! Educators at every level have been through so much this last 14 months, and there's still so much to do. We need to keep kindness, compassion and empathy at the fore, even when our own tanks are at their lowest. #suptchat— MrJoeMcCauley (@CauleyMr) May 6, 2021
#suptchat A7: Of the six parts, I feel right now I need to focus more on developing. No excuse, but the pandemic really slowed a lot of momentum that we will need to work hard to regain.— Todd Dugan (@tdugan75) May 6, 2021
A7: Communicate- be clear, concise, and transparent! During a pandemic you can never over communicate. Parents/Staff/Students feel better when they know you are transparent, especially in times of uncertainity. #suptchat— Kate Kwasny (@KwasnyKate) May 6, 2021
Q8: When you embrace the concept of being Unfinished, you have a constant need to grow and evolve. How do you help instill this mindset in all of the people in your students, your staff members, or your colleagues? #suptchat
Transparency, leading by example, allowing for modelling. Give yourself an allowance to be vulnerable and let the world know you’re learning too is what participants are saying.
A8: We all need to adopt the mindset of setting floors for others and not ceilings. One day I will retire; the true legacy I will leave is based in how far I have grown others. #suptchat— Nick Polyak (@npolyak) May 6, 2021
A8 #suptchat We are all works in progress - instilling this mindset in all people in the organization is a life journey - a life mission and a calling. Keep improving, iterating, re iterating - trying, succeeding, trying, not-succeeding - never stop! Share your story! pic.twitter.com/hKJN6CwFHQ— Michael Lubelfeld (@mikelubelfeld) May 6, 2021
A8: Constantly modeling that it is not only OK to be unfinished but expected to be unfinished. Perfection is not what we are looking for everyday. Encouraging staff to embrace the journey to being better each day. #suptchat— Kristen Bordonaro 🌟 (@Kmbordonaro) May 6, 2021
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