Don’t Mistake Position as Leadership

Too many people believe that if someone occupies the position, then they must be a leader.  Be it Principal, Superintendent, Mayor or President.   Nothing could be further from the truth.   The position may represent leadership.  The position may deserve a floor level of respect.  But just sitting in the chair doesn’t magically endow…

Brezina Says, “Just Do SOMETHING”

Recently I was speaking to a group of new Principals that wanted to avoid making any mistakes that would get them fired.   Note: Experienced principals generally don’t have this fear.  They are usually at the point in their career where they think, “Go ahead and fire me, I could use the vacation.”   So,…

More Walk and Talk – Real Leadership Discussions

Early in my leadership career, my Superintendent, Bob Brezina, taught me the value of the “Walk & Talk.”  The “Walk & Talk” may be the most powerful induction / teaching / coaching tool in the arsenal of a leader.  It works like this.  1. On a regular basis, the leader goes to the site of…

Last Week to Apply – Superintendent Search

LYS Executive Search ~ Superintendent ~ Culberson County-Allamore Independent School District A West Texas school district is searching for its next Superintendent of Schools The successful candidate will have Demonstrated leadership success as a principal and/or district level administrator Demonstrated success educating diverse student populations Firm understanding of school finance LYS training and experience, preferred…

Final Weeks – Texas Superintendent Search

LYS Executive Search ~ Superintendent ~ Culberson County-Allamore Independent School District A West Texas school district is searching for its next Superintendent of Schools The successful candidate will have Demonstrated leadership success as a principal and/or district level administrator Demonstrated success educating diverse student populations Firm understanding of school finance LYS training and experience, preferred…

Superintendent Search – Two Weeks Left to Apply

LYS Executive Search ~ Superintendent ~ Culberson County-Allamore Independent School District A West Texas school district is searching for its next Superintendent of Schools The successful candidate will have Demonstrated leadership success as a principal and/or district level administrator Demonstrated success educating diverse student populations Firm understanding of school finance LYS training and experience, preferred…

Texas Superintendent Search

LYS Executive Search ~ Superintendent ~ Culberson County-Allamore Independent School District A West Texas school district is searching for its next Superintendent of Schools The successful candidate will have Demonstrated leadership success as a principal and/or district level administrator Demonstrated success educating diverse student populations Firm understanding of school finance LYS training and experience, preferred…

Superintendent Search – CCAISD

LYS Executive Search ~ Superintendent ~ Culberson County-Allamore Independent School District A West Texas school district is searching for its next Superintendent of Schools The successful candidate will have Demonstrated leadership success as a principal and/or district level administrator  Demonstrated success educating diverse student populations Firm understanding of school finance LYS training and experience, preferred…

West Texas Superintendent Search

LYS Executive Search ~ Superintendent ~ Culberson County-Allamore Independent School District A West Texas school district is searching for its next Superintendent of Schools The successful candidate will have Demonstrated leadership success as a principal and/or district level administrator  Demonstrated success educating diverse student populations Firm understanding of school finance LYS training and experience, preferred…

Superintendent Search

LYS Executive Search ~ Superintendent ~ Culberson County-Allamore Independent School District A West Texas school district is searching for its next Superintendent of Schools The successful candidate will have Demonstrated leadership success as a principal and/or district level administrator  Demonstrated success educating diverse student populations LYS training and experience, preferred Information of note Enrollment –…

A Superintendent Writes… Sometimes It Pays to Play the Game – Part 4

In response to the 7/9/2103 post, “Sometimes It Pays to Play the Game – A Necessary Revision,” a LYS Superintendent writes: SC, I find this all interesting. I was thinking of moving a few things around to. How about US History to 9th grade since 8th grade U.S. History should preview the tested content? Is…

A Reader Writes… Immediate Feedback After a Short Walk-thru – Part 1

In response to the 1/23/2013 post, “Immediate Feedback After a Short Walk-thru,” a reader writes: SC, We’ve discussed this before, but I have to put in my two cents on, “Should I give teachers feedback after every short walk-thru?” My answer is, “If you can, you need to try and give some type of feedback,…

Readers Comment… Debt is a Detriment to Leadership – Part 1

In response to the 10/12/12 post, “Debt is a Detriment to Leadership,” a number of readers sent in comments.  The comments fell into three categories: A) Interesting; B) You are right; and C) I wish someone had shared this with me early in my career. I was lucky, I had a number of mentors that…

Brezina Writes… A Lesson From My Coach

Robert Brezina shares a leadership lesson he learned from one of his mentors. One thing I learned (and experienced) from Coach Lombardi is as the leader you have to know your people really well. As I watched Vince work with his players (principals, your players are your teachers) he would know them so well that…

The Marine Shares… Our Results

An old school LYSer (and first year principal) shares his end of year results: SC, The Foundation Trinity rocks Wyoming As first year principal I did exactly what I told my Superintendent that I would do. My staff and I implemented the Foundation Trinity with singular focus, fidelity, and urgency. No buy in, just explain,…

A LYS Principal Shares… Our STAAR Results

An old school LYS Principal shares her STAAR results. SC, Happy to report that once again, the Foundation Trinity has proven itself to be the Alpha and Omega of school improvement methods.  Check out our results and the results of our two closest peer schools.  And to increase the degree of difficulty (which is how…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of June 10, 2012

Here’s some good news on the bootleg technology front.  A recent survey indicates that the use of smart phones by principals and other top school district administrators is up to 30 percentage points higher than that of the general adult population.  The gap is even larger when the use of tablets (ex: I-pad) is considered. …

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of March 11, 2012

The LYS definition of “Bootleg Technology” is cheap, personally owned hardware that allows the user to connect to the Internet wherever there is Wi-Fi or cellular service. Bootleg technology allows the user quick access to the depth and breadth of human knowledge and is rapidly replacing the office suite functions of standard computers. LYS advocates…

The Big Easy Writes… Yesterday was a Top Ten Day – Part 1

In response to the 10/28/2011 post, “Yesterday was a Top Ten Day,” The Big Easy writes: SC, Just got around to reading this post. While the hectic pace that you maintain does not surprise me, I am amazed at your energy and passion for what you do. This post caused me to reflect on the…

A Superintendent Asks… Central Office PowerWalks

A LYS superintendent asks, SC I find myself struggling to be on campuses and in classrooms as much as I would like to or need to.  Perhaps some clarification would help me set an expectation for myself.  The last time we talked you mentioned that administrators should complete four to five PowerWalks each day.  I…

Yesterday was a Top Ten Day

I’m blessed. No need to elaborate. But even with that being the case, yesterday was a top ten day. It started out at the SIRC Conference where E. Don Brown and I got to spend a quiet moment together planning out our moves for the day and the up coming weeks. Then things took off…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of September 25, 2011

Some good news on the bootleg technology front. The Superintendents of both Poth ISD and Louise ISD shared that they are in the process of setting up guest networks on their campuses. And they are letting the community have free access to the network (if they are in range). Way to get in front of…

A Reader Submits… LYS Followers?

A LYS reader shares this:I was at an ESC meeting recently when I heard some non-LYS principals discussing “LYS Followers.” LYS Followers??? I don’t know of any LYS “followers.” I go back to the early years of LYS and I don’t consider myself, nor have I ever been accused of being, a “follower”. With LYS,…

A Principal Submits… TPM Accountability Score Inflation

A LYS principal submits the following: I was speaking to Mr. Brezina at the TASSP conference concerning the amount of padding that TPM added to test scores. I told him that I expect that the average amount of inflation was 10 to 15%. He was surprised it was that much. To assure myself that I…

Just a Few More Comments on the Fundamental 5

First of all, Laird and I have been humbled by all of the calls, e-mails and texts congratulating us on the book. Thank you very much for all of the kind words. Second, because of the LYS Nation after just one day the book shot up to number 18,526 on Amazon’s best seller list. Look…

A Reader Writes… (Texas School FInance Situation – Part 2)

In response to the 3/24/2011 post, “Texas School Finance Situation,” a reader writes: Cain, First, as to the your comment: “…and everything to do with poor leadership by the Governor and the legislature” The word “everything” leaves out a few people. Like, for example, the superintendents, principals, and board members who built a model of…

A Reader Writes… (What Are You In Charge Of – Part 2)

In response to the 2/7/2011 post, “What are You in Charge of,” a LYS Principal writes: I saw Dr. Jenkins operation frequently last year, as I used to work in that district. It is a smooth operation. John gets a lot of criticism for his unapologetic use of the LYS discipline approach, but after viewing…

A Reader Writes… (Poisonous Staff – Part 5)

In response to the 12/2/2010 post, “Poisonous Staff – Part 3,” the original writer sends in another update:For yet another follow up, my relationship with the faculty member I first wrote about is now quite strong. In fact, I see the beginnings of a good administrator in this person. If your principal is getting push…

A Reader Writes… (Poisonous Staff – Part 3)

In response to the 10/12/2010 post, “Poisonous Staff,” the original writer sends in an update: Cain, BTW, my project poisonous staff member is somewhat softer now and more compliant. A testament to the effectiveness of influence and time, over authority and power. SC Response Congratulations! To you, your school and the employee. It sounds like…
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