I learned a lot from my grandfather. Some of the conversations that I had this week got me thinking about a plaque he kept on the wall. In formal and fancy script it read, “When you are up to your ass in alligators it is difficult to remember that your primary objective is to drain the swamp.”

The conversations this week (in multiple districts) generally centered on the immensity and complexity of the task. Even I was not immune, but I kept making sure that we always came back to the Alpha and Omega of our business, Teaching and Learning.

If what we do everyday isn’t primarily focused on improving the quality of instruction and increasing student performance, then we too are being distracted by the alligators.

Think. Work. Achieve.

Just a reminder for veteran LYS readers and an invitation to new LYS readers, Sunday is usually advice day. Send me your favorite piece of advice and why, along with your mailing address. If I post it, I’ll send you a world famous Lead Your School can koozie.

Your turn…


Uncle Mike’s Advice

Last week LYS trained over 400 campus leaders on the PowerWalks observation system. Every trainee was diligent, attentive and earnest.…