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 April 22, 2012

I’m writing this as Lesa and I return to Texas, after spending a week working in the Boston area.  Since this was our first time in New England (by the way, it is well worth the visit), we took advantage of every bit of down time to sample the history, sites and culture.  Our travel…

The Superintendent’s Corner… Consolidation

Below is a submission from a LYS Superintendent: A few weeks ago I had a conversation with a candidate who is running for the District 85 seat of the Texas House of Representatives.  During our conversation the candidate indicated he favored going to countywide school systems in order to save money.  I indicated I didn’t…

Teacher Evaluations and Test Scores

It seems like every day I read where another school is using test scores to evaluate teachers. When I review these plans, almost every one of them has significant flaws in either design and/or planned implementation. Since I am a firm believer that student performance and measurable results should be reflected in educator evaluations (from…

Superintendent’s Corner: Three Legged Stools

Below is a submission from a LYS Superintendent:I am reminded of the customer who enters an engine shop and wants a 1) high performance engine; 2) that is reliable enough to drive daily; and 3) is inexpensive to build. The old saying is pick any two of the three; the third is compromised. Inexpensive and…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of February 19, 2012

I often refer to the LYS Nation as the freaks of education. And I say that with nothing but respect, love and affection. We are the freaks because we operate outside of the norm. When you are two standard deviations away from the mean, it doesn’t matter if you are on the left or right…

A LYS Superintendent Asks… Hot Water?

A LYS Superintendent asks the following: SC, Do you think Commissioner Scott will be in hot water for his Mid-Winter testing remarks? SC Response Here is my analysis of the situation. It is pure conjecture and opinion. I don’t think that there is any hot water. In fact, I think that the comments were a…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of January 22, 2012

A LYS Superintendent shares the new Bootleg Technology initiative in his district (the 31st poorest in Texas). DATELINE: SPLENDORA ISD Many of our students are digital natives—meaning they have never known a life without technology. Our students live in a world of Google, Apple, and Yahoo. But too often the only place they are not…

School Closures, Who to Blame

Across Texas, districts are having to close under-capacity schools. As one could guess, this has created staff and community anger. I’m not going to say that the anger is wrong, but where it is present, it is almost always misguided. Let’s look at the situation logically. If a school is under-capacity, enrollment is declining, and…

A LYS Superintendent and Principal Share… A Powerful Staff

Here is a field report from a LYS campus in a LYS District. SC, See what our 4th grade teachers are wearing on Thursdays. They designed the shirts. Thought you might enjoy this! SC Response Awesome!!! These teachers are the runaway winners of my “Favorite Fourth Grade Team of the Week” award! Think. Work. Achieve.…

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…

A Superintendent Writes… (UIL Disconnect – Part 4)

In response to the 8/10/11 post, “The Ol’ Ball Coach Writes, UIL Disconnect – Part 3,” a LYS Superintendent writes: SC, Years ago I was an Assistant Principal on a mission for student achievement and saw athletics as a part of the problem. A wise old coach gave me the article, 17 Reasons Why Football…

A Superintendent Submits… Why We have to Keep Coaching

A LYS Superintendent submits the following: SC, This is why the work of LYS’ers is nowhere near being complete. I recently was sharing with my staff that based on the early released STAAR test questions, business as usual will not prepare our students to be successful. I pointed out that we are going to have…

A LYS Superintendent Shares… Fundamental Change

A LYS Superintendent shares the following report from a campus: SC, This note just made my day. We have completed our third module of the fundamental five. I have noticed a difference in my teachers’ room arrangements and they appear to be working in the power zone more often. I have heard comments like, “I…

A Superintendent Submits… The Fundamental 5 – Doctoral Level Discussions

A LYS Superintendent sent in the following field report. SC, Hope all is going well. As you know, I’ve been working on my Doctorate. In my cohort, there are school leaders from across the country. Last week my class was discussing how we can help special education and ESL students prepare for state assessments. I…

A Superintendent Submits… Certification Audit

A LYS Superintendent submits the following: SC, This information needs to get out soon. I have yet to find a campus administrator in a small district that knows this information. Each district or campus needs to do a campus level review of employee certification. Do this in an Excel spreadsheet and update it yearly. The…

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 Quick TASA/TASB Recap

We wrapped up another great TASA/TASB Conference and once again the LYS Booth was a hub of activity. The vendors in the booth around us asked us more than once, “What exactly are you selling?” The answer, “Nothing. We’re all Texas school leaders. This conference is the chance for all of us to check in…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of September 18, 2011

When I speak to groups about using bootleg technology in the classroom, many principals look at me with an expression somewhere between pity (for my obvious bout of early senility) and panic (please don’t let this idiot talk to my superintendent). As I query these administrators, it seems that it is the fear of introducing…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of September 11, 2011

A LYS Superintendent challenged me with the following question: SC, you commented last week that every school district you have visited lately had issues with Internet access. I would like to know what specific issues you had when you were in my district. We are very conscientious about this very topic and have always tried…

A Superintendent Submits… The New Martyr Complex

A LYS Superintendent submits the following: I have noticed a new and distinct martyr complex at work in public education. Actually, the complex may not be new, but I just noticed it. Let me explain. As schools are facing the results of the State’s calculated response to accountability this year, I hear many “leaders” standing…

The Little District That Will…

I have spent the last two days working with a group of teachers that has reaffirmed why the politicians and the angry fringe of the general public are wrong. Let me set the stage. In this district, the secondary schools lost their ratings in May. No TPM, means that they have to face the harsh…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of August 7, 2011

For all of the hard work and support that district technology departments provided during the trainings that LYS conducted this summer (and we are very appreciative), they still make the daily use of technology difficult. Here were some all too common roadblocks. Roadblock #1: Everyone has to have a password to access any computer. In…

The ‘Ol Ball Coach Writes… (UIL Disconnect – Part 3)

In response to the 8/5/11 post, “UIL Disconnect – Part 2,” The ‘Ol Ball Coach Writes: Sean, Just to clarify, the U.I.L. is governed by the State Executive Committee. This is a group of superintendents elected by their peers from across the state. The committee enforces rules and approves rule changes that will be placed…

A Reader Submits… UIL Disconnect – Part 2

A LYS Principal submits: So, a student on my campus misses a whole day of school to attend a track meet, days before TAKS test. This student is a prime candidate to score commended on TAKS given a few test-taking skills, which we are in the middle of teaching. This student participated in the track…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of July 17, 2011

So you have been thinking, “This Bootleg Technology idea sounds intriguing, but why should I go through all the hassle when I have so many other things on my plate this year, such as accountability, budget, and staff reductions?” Why? Because bootleg technology addresses all three of those issues and more. As it relates to…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of May 22, 2011

I was at a neighborhood get-together this weekend. I was talking to one on the guests (a successful salesman), explaining that in spite of what he has heard, schools do not actually burn money to heat the buildings in the winter and that there is not one central office person for every person on a…

Correct Application Deadline – LISD Superintendent Search

Superintendent SearchLouise Independent School DistrictThe New LISD Superintendent Will Have A Record of Successful School Leadership Exceptional Communication Skills A Dynamic Vision for Teaching and Learning A Working Knowledge of School Finance Application RequirementsSubmit the Following to: [email protected] Letter of Interest Resume Superintendent Certification Two Letters of ReferenceApplication Deadline: June 24, 2011Search Consultant: Robert Brezina…

Superintendent Search – Louise Independent School District

Exciting news for the LYS Nation! Louise Independent School District is searching for its next Superintendent. Located between Houston and Victoria, Louise provides excellent schools, hard working staff, a proud community and great place to live and raise a family. Best of all, Louise ISD wants a LYS school leader to shepherd them in their…

A Reader Submits… Madoff School Finance

A LYS reader submits the following commentary on school funding decisions. Madoff school finance goes like this: Hey community, we need a $10 million dollar bond. We need a new addition here, a new weight room there, a renovation to that library, a new indoor athletic practice facility, and maybe technology upgrades if funds permit.…
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