Day 52 (of 185) leadership is our business @bcpvpa @Optimus_Rime
Leadership is our business. It was nicely clarified by our BCPVPA president (Kevin Reiner) today. We build leadership capacity….we support our learning community, but throughout it all, our job description is that we are education leaders.
Within our group, we argue. We disagree. We challenge each other. We all want to learn more so that we can do better. An example? My school has traditionally offered Honour Roll and Principals lists….but I’ve been doing a lot of work to change from letter grades descriptive feedback via eportfolios. So I had/have a challenge: there won’t be a Principals list at my school (or if we do, it won’t be about letter grades…..this thought came to me on my drive down to our gathering).
But some at my small table like their principals list to celebrate academic successes. This of course led to a “discussion” 😜 about validity of letter grades & %s (and my declaration that if I know a child’s financial and social background I can create a pretty accurate report card….but I can’t duplicate samples of their own created works).
There are also many other topics – Both formally at our tables and informally as we refresh coffee/tea/etc. From hiring methods to how we are coping with inabilities to hire (ie can’t find enough LRTs, EAs and many days enough TOCs). Discussions around the recent Supreme Court decision and how conflicted we are about how bringing up Special Ed numbers singles them out (targets them) in inappropriate ways.
Very little of our work is easy (likewise the thinking, decisions, accountabilities, etc) but that’s also what makes it so rewarding. The thank-your, smiles, high-fives, help ensure the work is meaningful and engaging….the way life at/in school should be! So nice to be reinforced by our Association President that our most important job is being educational leaders!