I was recently talking to one of the old school LYS guys. He shared with me that he had just walked out of one of the strangest meetings of his career. He started the meeting with his principals and within 10 minutes he was immaterial to the proceedings. For the first time since he was in the district, he wasn’t the critical catalyst. He wondered if it was time to move on.
To which I said “No. It’s a time to celebrate.”
Finally, after almost two years of hard fought change, his principal core has the capacity to seek out answers instead of sitting back waiting for the next round of Central Office directives to tell them what to do.
The long term viability of school districts has everything to do with the proactive solutions that are developed on campuses. That requires an aggressive, reflective and intelligent principal cadre.
So, as I told my friend, now his job gets exciting. His new role is to keep his principals moving in the right direction, get them the resources they need to be successful, and then get out of their way.
Think. Work. Achieve.