I’m continuing the end of the school year house cleaning. Here are some more quick comments from the LYS Nation. If you happened to miss the original post, go back and check it out. In response to the 5/3/2011 post, “Remember the Main Objective is to Drain the Swamp” readers wrote: 1. Great post. I know you talk to our bosses, but are you sure they are listening. 2. It’s uncanny. Sometimes it’s like you have been watching me and write my a personal note right when I need it. Thanks for remind me to focus on Swamp Draining. 3. Good point SC Response Right now a lot of bosses that we work with are not listening. But in this case it understandable. Their focus for the spring semester has been on budget, staffing and politics. This happens every year for a short span of time, but this year has been different. Schools are under attack and they are attempting to craft contingency plans on top of worst-case contingency plans. Which is why, at the campus level, we have to maintain our focus on teaching and learning. Because right now, no one else has that luxury. In the short run things will be tougher, working harder and smarter will be the new reality. Meaning that by necessity, we will have to improve at both ignoring and training the alligators. In response to the 5/16/2011 post, “Top LYS Tweets from the Week of May 8, 2011” the Big Easy writes: In regard to #8, remember the advice of then General Eisenhower “Plans are nothing; Planning is everything.” SC Response Ike understood (as all officers do) that the world plays defense. To not plan is to waste effort and lives. To over plan is to waste opportunity (and probably lives). Planning is simply the mental simulation that increases your chance of success. Do just enough of it to ensure that you are able to address basic logistics and have responses to predictable setbacks. Then start acting and adjusting based on results. Think. Work. Achieve.Your turn… To order your campus set of “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction” call Jo at (832) 477-5323. Individual copies available on Amazon.com! http://tinyurl.com/4ydqd4t Louise ISD is searching for a Superintendent. Application details at www.LeadYourSchool.com Follow Sean Cain on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation Upcoming Event / Presentation Schedule June 11 (TASB) – The Fundamental Five; Improve Now! June 15 thru June 17 – TASSP Conference June 16 (TASSP) – Conference Breakfast, hosted by E. Don Brown (LYS travel tumblers for the first 1000 attendees, last year we ran out) June 16 (TASSP) – Book Release Event for “The Fundamental 5” June 18 – TASB Conference, Fort Worth


The 5 Year Plan

I had a non-LYS Assistant Superintendent tell me once, “Do you know what the problem is with you guys? You…