Top LYS Tweets – August 6, 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   Sitting in a leadership chair doesn’t magically endow the occupant…

Increasing Success Vs. Reducing Failure

If you are trying to improve performance, what should you focus on? Increasing success? Or, reducing failure?   It really depends on where you are, either personally (as a teacher) or organizationally (as a leader).   If your success rate is relatively low, less than 92%, then focus on increasing success. Let’s face it, an…

Top 10 LYS Tweets – January 29, 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   “Goals you refuse to chase don’t disappear—they become ghosts that…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of September 17, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of September 17, 2017 when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. NO research shows that giving a low…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of March 19, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of March 19, 2017 when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. My March for a Cure goal is…

A Superintendent Asks… Prominently Posted Goals

A LYS Superintendent requests the following: SC, I need some examples of posters other schools have put up to show their goals for the STAAR tests.  I’ve heard you talk about this and I’m looking for new ways to promote achievement.  Thanks for the help! SC, I don’t have any pictures to show you.  The…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of May 8, 2016

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of May 8, 2016 when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. Congratulations to LYSer, Dr. Mike Metz! He…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of April 17, 2016

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of April 17, 2016 when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. You create an environment where everyone has…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of January 24, 2016

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of January 24, 2016 when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. Even the best athletes in the world…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of January 10, 2016

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of January 10, 2016 when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. Offering school supplies in your classroom, “no…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of January 3, 2016

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of January 3, 2016 when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. “Education truly matters … because in the…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of November 29, 2015

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of November 29, 2015 when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. As a leader, if you are not…

Readers Ask… Lesson Frames for Tests

Some LYS Assistant Superintendents ask two versions of the same question. SC, This has recently come up in our district, with Lesson Frames, what should we do on testing days? And what does a good Lesson Frame for a test look like? And SC, Please provide me with a refresher on Lesson Frames for when…

Measuring School Performance and a Sportcaster’s Wisdom

In one of the states that I work in, the state accountability system disaggregates schools into peer groups of about 40.  Then it gives “Gold Stars” to the schools that do well (comparatively) within their assigned group. I won’t argue if this is a good or bad thing, it’s just a thing.  However, there are…

Top LYS Posts From the Week of September 20, 2015

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of September 20, 2015 when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. Public education is our single greatest wealth-generating,…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of July 5, 2015

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of July 5, 2015. 1. If you truly believe that elementary students are…

A Reader Writes… Press On – Part 1

In response to the 11/19/2014 post, “Press On,” a LYS Principal writes: LYS Nation, …And don’t start apologizing for high expectations! I received a note from a departing student teacher today; made me stop and take pause.  Not because it was full of thankfulness for having the opportunity to be at our school and learn…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of March 15, 2015

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of March 15, 2015. 1. The A-F grading system for Texas schools is…

A Reader Writes… Does the Passing Standard Matter – Part 1

In response to the 1/29/15 post, “Does the Passing Standard Matter,” a LYS Central Office Administrator writes: SC, I am a proponent of having a minimum performance expectation of a Checkpoint (common assessment) at 70%. 70% is the passing standard for classroom assignments. We all know the passing standard for the STAAR is different for…

A Reader Asks… Does the Passing Standard Matter

A LYS Central Office Administrator asks the following: SC, Quick question. When the state doesn’t require 70% of the EOC (End of Course Exam) questions to be answered correctly to meet the state’s standard – why are requiring 70% proficiency on our checkpoints? We realize we need to get to this 70% level for the…

Quit Doing Things That Don’t Matter

I just met with the leadership team of a campus I am coaching.  The campus trails its peers when it comes to student performance and is working to catch up.  Today was a process check-up meeting.  I asked how things were going and the report was: 1. Common assessment scores are a significant concern, with…

Press On!

So you just found out that your team is unhappy and uncomfortable.  What do you do? Press on. Focus on accomplishing the next task.  Celebrate when you do and press on. Understand that there is a difference between unhappy and uncomfortable, and morale. Morale is unit cohesion in the face of adversity.  Unhappy and uncomfortable…

Buy In?

It is regularly reported that some initiative on a campus failed because there was no “Buy-in.”  I’ve been doing this a while, and I believe this concept of “buy-in” is overrated. As a school leader, here is what I believe in: 1. I believe in communication.  2. I believe in clear purpose and intent. 3.…

A Reader Writes… Vision, Mission, Goal, Target – Part 2

In response to the 5/22/14 post, “Vision – Mission – Goal – Target: A Travelogue,” a LYS Assistant Superintendent shares: SC, This is the best description, definition, visual representation I have ever seen of vision, mission, goals and their relationship to each other.  As usual, LYS has done it again.  I want to let you…

Write It Down

I read recently (I wrote down the idea, not the source) that you increase your chance of achieving a goal when you write it down, BY HAND.  This is much more powerful than verbalizing the goal or even typing it. For as crazy as this may sound, it makes sense based on what we know…

Vison – Mission – Goal – Target: How They Relate

The 5/23/2014 post, “Vision – Mission – Goal – Target: A Travelogue,” gave a visual representation of those elements.  Today I will discuss how they relate and impact your campus. There are a lot of people who believe that you must have a vision, then a mission, then a goal, and then a target.  That:  1…

Vision – Mission – Goal – Target: A Travelogue

I am often asked to better define the concepts of Vision, Mission, Goal, and Target as they relate to campus operations.   For terms that are thrown about so casually, there really is a lot of confusion and just wrong thinking about what these are.  In an attempt to clarify these terms and critical understandings instead…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of February 16, 2014

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of February 16, 2014. 1. Congratulations to LYSer, Duane Limbaugh! He is the…

A Principal Asks… Should We Frame a Test?

A LYS Principal asks the following: SC, When a teacher is administering a test during the day’s class, what would you suggest the Lesson Frame (We will… / I will…) look like? Thanks for your help. SC Response If the teacher posts a test day Lesson Frame (which is optional, but recommended) we suggest that…

A Principal Shares… Embrace The Foundation Trinity and The Fundamental 5

A LYS Principal shares the following: I hope all is well out there in the LYS Nation. I shared this quote (see below) with my staff this week and thought it might make a good “jumping off point” for other LYS Principals at a staff meeting. We are continuing to work towards increasing our student…
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