Tuesday, March 3, 2015

PowerWalks Hero Schools (February 2015)

In furtherance of a LYS Nation tradition, we will take this time to tip our caps to the campuses that have embraced the most important step in creating and maintaining an action oriented professional learning community.  These are the campuses that have conducted an extraordinary number of formative classroom observations in a given month. In February, the Hero Schools met or exceeded the targets below:

The February Hero School Targets
Big Schools – 250 PowerWalks Observations
Medium Sized Schools – 175 PowerWalks Observations
Small Schools – 95 PowerWalks Observations
Very Small Schools – 50 PowerWalks Observations

For March, due to potential weather days and Spring Break we will adjust the targets:

The March Hero School Targets
Big Schools – 225 PowerWalks Observations
Medium Sized Schools – 150 PowerWalks Observations
Small Schools – 80 PowerWalks Observations
Very Small Schools – 40 PowerWalks Observations.

For the record, the schools in the LYS nation conducted a total of 6,928 PowerWalks observations this past month.  But enough stalling, here are your twenty-eight PowerWalks Hero Schools for the month of February 2015.  Congratulations!!!

Elementary Schools
Junior High & Middle Schools
Alternative Schools
Combined Campuses
High Schools
Marlin ES (MISD – very small school): 405
Magnolia JH (MISD – midsized school): 234
San Marcos School (JWPCS – very small school): 80

Fairdale HS (JCPS – large school): 383
Veterans’ Hill ES (HISD – small school): 363
Big Spring IS (BSISD - small school): 166
Afton Oaks School (JWPCS – very small school): 65

Morton Ranch HS (KISD – large school): 341
Rennell ES (CFISD – midsized school): 326
Dublin IS (DISD – very small school): 140


Weatherford 9th Grade Center (WISD – small school): 117
Ray ES (HISD – small school): 210
Winona MS (WISD – small school): 110


Winona HS (WISD – small school): 104
Dublin ES (DISD – very small school): 184



Dublin HS (DISD – very small school): 89
Raymond E. Curtis ES (WISD – small school): 158




Refugio ES (RISD – small school): 146




Washington ES (BSISD - small school): 142




Winona ES / IS (WISD – small school): 137




West Avenue ES (NEISD – small school): 131




Johnson ES (HISD – small school): 124




Hutto ES (HISD – small school): 110




Goliad ES (BSISD - small school): 109




Moss ES (BSISD - small school): 108




Cottonwood Creek ES (HISD – small school): 101




Bill W. Wright ES (WISD – small school): 101




Bose Ikard ES (WISD – small school): 101





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Your turn...

  • Call Jo at (832) 477-LEAD to order your campus set of “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction.” Individual copies available on Amazon.com!  http://tinyurl.com/Fundamental5 
  • Now at the Apple App Store: Fun 5 Timer (Fundamental 5 Delivery Tool); PowerWalks CLC (Networked Formative Observation Tool) 
  • Upcoming Presentations: ASCD Annual Conference; TASSP Summer Conference (Multiple Presentations); TEPSA Summer Conference (Multiple Presentations); NAESP National Conference 
  • Follow Sean Cain and LYS on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation  and like Lead Your School on Facebook

Monday, March 2, 2015

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of February 22, 2015

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of February 22, 2015.

1. School choice? Options abound: Relocation, Transfers, Charters, Home School, Private School. No, it's not "choice" they want. It's vouchers. (By @pastors4txkids)

2. The Texas Legislature has debated vouchers 9 times over past 25 years, always defeating it. Why 10th time now? Ask yourself: Who keeps this bad idea alive? (By @pastors4txkids)

3. Talk about purposefully confusing the issue. “School Choice / Voucher” proponents are claiming vouchers will increase teacher pay. Shameless. (By @LYSNation)

4. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, please explain publicly why the PEG Program, in place for about 2 decades, doesn't meet your vision of school choice. (By @MJHPrincipal)

5. 82% of Florida vouchers go to religious schools. Since when has God needed Caesar's money to do His work? Vouchers violate religious liberty! (By @pastors4txkids)

6. Public schools face "Double Secret Accountability" and private schools have no accountability. (By @LYSNation)

7. $4.6 Billion Senate proposed tax cuts.  The higher this number, the less funds available to meet needs of schools and children. (By @texasisd)

8. Shutting down instruction for multiple days to take a practice STAAR test is not STAAR prep. It is STAAR stupidity. (By @LYSNation)

9. When you are teaching someone or learning from others, remember that the people who do the most talking do the most learning. (By @kenblanchard)

10. Leaders vs. Managers. A leader will sacrifice his people for the good of the people. The manager sacrifices his people for the good of himself. (By @LYSNation)

Think. Work. Achieve.
Your turn...

  • Call Jo at (832) 477-LEAD to order your campus set of “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction.” Individual copies available on Amazon.com!  http://tinyurl.com/Fundamental5 
  • Now at the Apple App Store: Fun 5 Timer (Fundamental 5 Delivery Tool); PowerWalks CLC (Networked Formative Observation Tool) 
  • Upcoming Presentations: ASCD Annual Conference; TASSP Summer Conference (Multiple Presentations); TEPSA Summer Conference (Multiple Presentations); NAESP National Conference 
  • Follow Sean Cain and LYS on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation  and like Lead Your School on Facebook

Sunday, March 1, 2015

High School Principal Search

LYS Executive Search

~ High School Principal ~

Rockport-Fulton High School / Aransas County ISD

A Gulf Coast Texas school district is searching for its next high school principal

The successful candidate will have
  • Demonstrated leadership success as a secondary campus administrator
  •  Demonstrated success educating at-risk student populations
  • LYS training and experience, preferred

Information of note
  • Enrollment - 1,000 students
  • Suburban setting
  • Diverse student population
  •  Competitive salary and benefits

Qualified and interested candidates submit the following to Search@LeadYourSchool.com
  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Administrator’s certifications
  •  Recent campus performance data

Application Deadline: March 27, 2015

Search Consultant: E. Don Brown

LYS Executive Search
(832) 477-5323

LYS Nation, once again a school district want YOU!
Think. Work. Achieve.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

High School Principal Search


LYS Executive Search

~ High School Principal ~

A Gulf Coast Texas school district is searching for its next high school principal

The successful candidate will have
  • Demonstrated leadership success as a secondary campus administrator
  •  Demonstrated success educating at-risk student populations
  • LYS training and experience, preferred

Information of note
  • Enrollment - 1,000 students
  • Suburban setting
  • Diverse student population
  •  Competitive salary and benefits

Qualified and interested candidates submit the following to Search@LeadYourSchool.com
  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Administrator’s certifications
  •  Recent campus performance data

Application Deadline: March 27, 2015

Search Consultant: E. Don Brown

LYS Executive Search
(832) 477-5323

LYS Nation, once again a school district want YOU!
Think. Work. Achieve.

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Attrition Plan Doom Loop

If there is a universal truth in school leadership it is this: Run away from “Attrition” plans for professional staff. At best, they stop capacity building almost immediately.  At worst, they throw the organization into a doom loom.  So what is an “Attrition Plan?”  Simply put it is a staffing plan that either balances the budget or pays for a program by not replacing vacancies.  So why is that bad?

Attrition plans are bad because they violate the Whitaker Rule.  Todd Whitaker states (correctly, hence “Rule”) that the greatest asset a campus or district leader can possess is a staff vacancy.  A vacancy gives the leader the singular opportunity to hire a better employee than the one who was in the position previously.  He follows this up with the truism that there are only two ways to improve an organization:

1. Hire better people.
2. Improve your current people. 

I’ll add that any leader of a learning organization that isn’t working on both #1 and #2 concurrently really isn’t much of a leader.

Now here is how an attrition plan throws a learning organization (schools) into a doom loop.  Let’s assume you have four teacher and their skill levels are distinct, giving you an “A” teacher, “B” teacher, “C” teacher and “F” teacher. If you lose the “F” teacher you haven’t lost much in terms of talent and the rest of the teachers can probably pick up the slack with little trouble.  That is how the attrition plan is sold. But this ignores the fact that you have lost the chance to hire another “A” teacher.

But real life doesn’t work the way the plan is drawn on paper.  Of all the above listed teachers (A-B-C-D-F), which one has the greatest possibility of leaving the organization?

The correct answer is the “A” teacher.  And the reason why is that your “A” teacher has the most options.  The “A” teacher is the one most likely to get a promotion and the most likely to get recruited to another campus or district, because they have the most marketable skill set.  And where an A-B-C team may very well outperform an A-B-C-F team.  I can promise you that a B-C-F team will not.  Plus, the more “A” teachers that leave, the more likely that even more “A” and “B” teachers will leave. 

And the best description of attrition driven C-F teams is “Self-Inflicted Doom Loop.”

Which means if you are considering an attrition plan, find a better solution.

Think. Work. Achieve.
Your turn...

  • Call Jo at (832) 477-LEAD to order your campus set of “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction.” Individual copies available on Amazon.com!  http://tinyurl.com/Fundamental5 
  • Now at the Apple App Store: Fun 5 Timer (Fundamental 5 Delivery Tool); PowerWalks CLC (Networked Formative Observation Tool) 
  • Upcoming Presentations: TMSA Winter Conference; ASCD Annual Conference; TASSP Summer Conference (Multiple Presentations); TEPSA Summer Conference (Multiple Presentations); NAESP National Conference 
  • Follow Sean Cain and LYS on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation  and like Lead Your School on Facebook

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Reader Asks... Fundamental 5 Support

In response to the 11/3/2011 post, “PowerWalks and Fundamental 5 Support,” a LYS Teacher asks:

SC,

I am a Kindergarten teacher also looking for more help with Lesson Framing. Do you know any teachers that blog and share examples? Our Kindergarten team would love some help!

SC Response
I see that you have been scrolling back through the blog archives.  Thank you!  Personally, I’m not aware of anyone who is devoting blog space to Lesson Framing.  I do know that you can Google “Lesson Frames,” and see some examples.  Obviously some are better than others.  There are also Fundamental 5 chats and book studies that occur on Twitter on a semi-regular basis.

We (LYS) present at conferences across the country (there is list of upcoming conference at the end of this post) and train teachers in schools and districts, almost daily.  Have your Principal contact us and we will come to your campus.

Other than that, if anyone in the LYS Nation knows of an elementary school that is sharing real time resources, send me a link and I will pass it on.  

Think. Work. Achieve.
Your turn...

  • Call Jo at (832) 477-LEAD to order your campus set of “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction.” Individual copies available on Amazon.com!  http://tinyurl.com/Fundamental5 
  • Now at the Apple App Store: Fun 5 Timer (Fundamental 5 Delivery Tool); PowerWalks CLC (Networked Formative Observation Tool) 
  • Upcoming Presentations: TMSA Winter Conference; ASCD Annual Conference; TASSP Summer Conference (Multiple Presentations); TEPSA Summer Conference (Multiple Presentations); NAESP National Conference 
  • Follow Sean Cain and LYS on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation  and like Lead Your School on Facebook