Summer of Learning 2020 (5) @bcpvpa Essentials for New School Learners Day Four (Organizational Leadership)
Our last day together, and much like shortcourse, a few days ago, this was looking a long way off, and suddenly we are here. Still would prefer the longer face to face days and and face to face evening events…but that will happen eventually!
In the meantime, todays focus was on agile leadership – particularly noteworthy as we are still in the Covid times and even our Minister of Education had an article in CBC that said both: expect schools to prepare for a full restart, but also secure your child care spaces… https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/school-restart-bc-plans-1.5642717
We need to differentiate our work as leaders – and I freely observed that it is much easier to be responsive (and a servant leader) as a full time principal as opposed to having a 40% teaching component as well.
We need to separate needs and wants and respond to requests appropriately and mindfully. My analogy is like a duck in the water, we have to have an appearance of calm and relaxed knowing that under the water the feet are moving very quickly (the brain is always engaged).
We need to consider how and where we want to be. I’ve been told at my school “the principal needs to be in the office” but I point out that our secretary can text me and bring me back when/if needed there – but I also prefer a text asking me to come to a class as I much prefer lurking around the school.
We have to have questions: such as the 3 assemblies the school act requires us to have – can we have assemblies during covid? does a YouTube assembly count? what about Remembrance Day assembly – yes it is in November, but I’m aware that that would be the right time for the authentic second wave to hit… current flare ups are still part of the first wave…!
We have to be aware that we won’t get everything write. Mistakes will be made; better decisions may have been possible; we are human. We can always get and do better.
I know my Rocketbook has helped with my weekly organization (day plans don’t tend to work out too well in ‘the principals office’, but weekly tasks are very doable) – and was thrilled when another VP at my “table” also extolled the virtues of them!
You can never be organized enough, but it is important to have a plan and be aware of what’s coming up – Thanks to BCPVPA with the Leadership Planning Guide that has a powerful “monthly calendar” section of what needs to get done in most districts/month as well as other reminders of key tasks (such as how many assemblies we ‘have to have’). An old example is here: BCPVPA Leadership Planning Guide
Whew. Now with
shortcourse Essentials done, I can start planning to finish some fiction books, possibly get my kids to set up the hammocks and prepare for a bit of rest before organizing what the heck September may end up looking like! – with a few more Summer Of Learning shares still to come – “The Habit of School” is one that I am currently venting about….!
A big thank you to the “new” (new-ish) VPs who joined my virtual table at this years summer program – and an ongoing thanks to the @bcpvpa who do so much for the education system in our province and @ubceduc who helps support this summer program and prepare so many new teachers (like me!) start their education career!