Leadership Beliefs

  • Our actions as leaders speak to our beliefs about educational equity. We must have high expectations for all learners, regardless of culture, race, gender, and disabilities, and our systems must demonstrate this.
  • Leaders must spend as much time in classrooms as possible!
  • Impact. We should not chase the next shiny technology thingy but remain focused on things that have the biggest impact on learning in our classrooms.
  • Humility, and the willingness to change. Learning is change!
  • Question everything. Everything should be on the table for consideration, including our most basic assumptions.
  • Systems approach. We are embedded within complex systems. We must address the leadership and contextual factors that surround and infuse our work.
  • Progress, not perfection. Don’t just talk about doing stuff, do it. If it didn’t go as well as you had hoped, learn from it and change it for next time.
  • Transparency. We deserve openness, honesty, and transparency about our work together. If something is unclear or is causing concern, let’s chat. When in doubt, overcommunicate with one another.
  • Collaboration. Together we can do anything. Together we can do amazing work. Together we can be remarkable.
  • Laggards. Spend time with folks who go beyond the ‘yes, but’ and embrace the ‘why not?’ and the ‘how can we?’
  • Respect. Everyone brings multitudes of skill and insights to the table. We need to honor people’s voices and talents. Autonomy is a fundamental human need.
  • Kindness. Sniping, backbiting, bullying, and general meanness have no place in either our personal or professional lives.
  • Healthy Conflict. Productive, healthy disagreement can get us through roadblocks. Lean into conflict rather than shy away from it. The path to resolution does not start with avoidance.