#Suptchat Recap: Leadership Planning for the Fall
The final #suptchat of the school year happened last night, and the Paper team is here to highlight some of our favorite tweets! Hosts Michael Lubelfeld and Nick Polyak asked district leaders across the nation about their back-to-school plans.
As we move into a new school year full of opportunity in light of new funding, research, and state guidance, join #suptchat host Nick Polyak and other influential district leaders to discuss maximizing equity and impact for all.
Q1: What are you doing this summer to plan for the return to school this fall?
The priority for superintendents this summer is to carve out a path to full-day, in-person lessons, while still budgeting some time to recharge.
A1: Our teams have been planning for a return to in-person, full day schedules. As more information is shared about new health/safety guidance, communicating with staff & families will be so important - we want all to be comfortable with returning in the fall. #suptchat— Mary Havis (@maryhavis) June 3, 2021
Q1: This summer we plan on doing a lot of planning. We are lucky enough to have had most of our sS's back for all of 20-21, so we will be focused on creating campus & district plans for academics as well as ESSER $$. We are also in the design phase for new campuses!#suptchat— Dr. Bill Chapman (@Dr_Chap_PISD) June 3, 2021
A1: First, I need to practice some self care and just recharge.— MrJoeMcCauley (@CauleyMr) June 3, 2021
That always comes with lots of reflection, asking myself, "Who is the leader I need to be in August?" I'll be thinking about instruction but also the important work of relationships & reuniting staff. #suptchat
Q2: Please share an example of a leadership lesson you learned this year that will impact what you do next fall?
Overcoming hardship is always an opportunity to learn. These district leaders discovered that there's great value in being flexible in fluid situations and sometimes the best thing to do is say, "I don't know."
A2 #suptchat "everything" - we learned, listened, led, learned some more and then listened more - we then led and learned more :) - cannot wait for this year to come to a safe close 6/11 and then rest/recharge and come back strong for summer and fall! Then Listen More :)— Michael Lubelfeld (@mikelubelfeld) June 3, 2021
Q3: For our newer administrators, what wisdom can you share about navigating difficult situations?
Though the question was posed to benefit newer admins, the fact of the matter is we all can use a reminder to listen, see things from other's POV, and address challenges head-on.
Q3— Dr. Efraín Martínez (@EMartinezEdD) June 3, 2021
Write on a spreadsheet all job responsibilities. Every time you meet someone, write their contact info underneath their specialty (e.g. literacy, numeracy, bilingual ed, special education, tech, budgets, human relations). Have a Q? Reach out!#suptchat pic.twitter.com/h12ZAiVJ3W
A3: well I still think of myself as new- but I think in every difficult conversation/situation it is important to try to view the situation as the other person is, 99.9% of people have a rationale for their viewpoint, even if it isn't completely accurate #suptchat pic.twitter.com/6FLM2IMpH0— Kristen Bordonaro 🌟 (@Kmbordonaro) June 3, 2021
Q4: How are you planning to support the emotional needs of the adults and children as they transition back next year?
There are a number of ways district leaders are going to provide emotional support to their stakeholders, but the underlying theme of each approach is the same: our district is a community.
A4 - Social emotional wellness is a primary focus for us. Teachers/ admin are collaborating to make a plan for staff based on our spring culture and climate survey, and a plan for students based on our weekly progress monitoring data from this year #suptchat @goleadco @Humanex— Dr. Lisa Leali (she, her, hers) (@LisaLeali) June 3, 2021
Q5: What in-person leadership learning or conference experience are you most looking forward to next year and why?
The new school year doesn't just promise a confident return to in-person learning. Peers at the district level also get an opportunity to connect again. So keep some availability in your calendars!
Q6: What leadership lessons from the past year should be included in graduate school or professional PD moving forward?
One change we can expect moving forward is the newfound emphasis on compassion, work-life balance, and how we manage crises.
Q7: Please share plans for learning acceleration in the coming school year.
Right now, we're all after the same thing: learning acceleration. But what does that look like in practice?
A7 #suptchat We're adding 7.0FTE math interventionists with ESSER III $$ to help with math acceleration (remediation, on grade, and enrichment) - we also have "student success block" K-5 daily 30 minute block of precious time - and we have HIGH expectations for each child daily— Michael Lubelfeld (@mikelubelfeld) June 3, 2021
Q8: What are you most proud of in your district in terms of leading and learning that you want to share from the past year?
A great question to close off the school year!
A8 #suptchat - I am most proud of the perseverance of the @CrystalLakeSD47 staff and families as we continuously changed learning models and circumstances throughout the school year in response to the health metrics and a commitment to get kids back in school.— Kathy Hinz (she/her/ella) (@DrKathyHinz) June 3, 2021
We'll see you all back in August!