A LYS Principal submits the following: Sean, I hope all is well with you this summer. I thought you did a great job at the TASSP conference—a much needed shot in the arm. I enjoyed visiting with you and the rest of the LYS Coaching Staff. I thought I would share some thoughts with the LYS nation today. Douglas Reeves in his book The Daily Disciplines of Leadership notes: Feedback (i.e. data) is not about transmission of information. It is about using that information to change us.What will you do differently from what you did last year?What will you stop doing that you did last year?How and when will you know that you are making progress? If the answer to the first question is a list of initiatives and the second question remains unanswered, then the new initiatives are doomed. If the answer to the third question does not include measurable results produced at frequent intervals—the daily disciplines of accountability and feedback—then we should not expect anything to change. Remember, at the intersection of principles and evidence lies an opportunity to Lead Your School. Leadership carries great risk, much discomfort and plenty of unpopularity—as does doing nothing. While the realization concerning the above-mentioned questions may sting like a jab to the noise—know that the fundamentals, practiced daily, and with discipline always lead to improved student achievement. Regroup, plan with simplicity and fundamental clarity, and come out hitting hard and fast from day one. Administer the Foundational Trinity with clinical discipline and precision. Always coaching to enhance lesson frames, increase power zone frequency, refine FSGPT transitions, recognize & reinforce more specifically and critical write, write, write….. Above all remember we’re LYS Principals—I can’t think of a better point from which to begin “Tipping” from…. Succeeding Together…Whatever It Takes! SC Response Great post, great reminder. There is a reason why your staff keeps producing exemplary ratings year after year. Keep raising the bar for all of us. Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn… Call Jo at (832) 477-LEAD to order your campus set of “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction.” Individual copies available on Amazon.com! http://tinyurl.com/4ydqd4t Follow Sean Cain and LYS on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation

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