Monday, March 2, 2015

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of February 22, 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 February 22, 2015.

1. School choice? Options abound: Relocation, Transfers, Charters, Home School, Private School. No, it's not "choice" they want. It's vouchers. (By @pastors4txkids)

2. The Texas Legislature has debated vouchers 9 times over past 25 years, always defeating it. Why 10th time now? Ask yourself: Who keeps this bad idea alive? (By @pastors4txkids)

3. Talk about purposefully confusing the issue. “School Choice / Voucher” proponents are claiming vouchers will increase teacher pay. Shameless. (By @LYSNation)

4. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, please explain publicly why the PEG Program, in place for about 2 decades, doesn't meet your vision of school choice. (By @MJHPrincipal)

5. 82% of Florida vouchers go to religious schools. Since when has God needed Caesar's money to do His work? Vouchers violate religious liberty! (By @pastors4txkids)

6. Public schools face "Double Secret Accountability" and private schools have no accountability. (By @LYSNation)

7. $4.6 Billion Senate proposed tax cuts.  The higher this number, the less funds available to meet needs of schools and children. (By @texasisd)

8. Shutting down instruction for multiple days to take a practice STAAR test is not STAAR prep. It is STAAR stupidity. (By @LYSNation)

9. When you are teaching someone or learning from others, remember that the people who do the most talking do the most learning. (By @kenblanchard)

10. Leaders vs. Managers. A leader will sacrifice his people for the good of the people. The manager sacrifices his people for the good of himself. (By @LYSNation)

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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/Fundamental5 
  • Now at the Apple App Store: Fun 5 Timer (Fundamental 5 Delivery Tool); PowerWalks CLC (Networked Formative Observation Tool) 
  • Upcoming Presentations: ASCD Annual Conference; TASSP Summer Conference (Multiple Presentations); TEPSA Summer Conference (Multiple Presentations); NAESP National Conference 
  • Follow Sean Cain and LYS on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation  and like Lead Your School on Facebook

Sunday, March 1, 2015

High School Principal Search

LYS Executive Search

~ High School Principal ~

Rockport-Fulton High School / Aransas County ISD

A Gulf Coast Texas school district is searching for its next high school principal

The successful candidate will have
  • Demonstrated leadership success as a secondary campus administrator
  •  Demonstrated success educating at-risk student populations
  • LYS training and experience, preferred

Information of note
  • Enrollment - 1,000 students
  • Suburban setting
  • Diverse student population
  •  Competitive salary and benefits

Qualified and interested candidates submit the following to Search@LeadYourSchool.com
  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Administrator’s certifications
  •  Recent campus performance data

Application Deadline: March 27, 2015

Search Consultant: E. Don Brown

LYS Executive Search
(832) 477-5323

LYS Nation, once again a school district want YOU!
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

High School Principal Search


LYS Executive Search

~ High School Principal ~

A Gulf Coast Texas school district is searching for its next high school principal

The successful candidate will have
  • Demonstrated leadership success as a secondary campus administrator
  •  Demonstrated success educating at-risk student populations
  • LYS training and experience, preferred

Information of note
  • Enrollment - 1,000 students
  • Suburban setting
  • Diverse student population
  •  Competitive salary and benefits

Qualified and interested candidates submit the following to Search@LeadYourSchool.com
  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Administrator’s certifications
  •  Recent campus performance data

Application Deadline: March 27, 2015

Search Consultant: E. Don Brown

LYS Executive Search
(832) 477-5323

LYS Nation, once again a school district want YOU!
Think. Work. Achieve.

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Attrition Plan Doom Loop

If there is a universal truth in school leadership it is this: Run away from “Attrition” plans for professional staff. At best, they stop capacity building almost immediately.  At worst, they throw the organization into a doom loom.  So what is an “Attrition Plan?”  Simply put it is a staffing plan that either balances the budget or pays for a program by not replacing vacancies.  So why is that bad?

Attrition plans are bad because they violate the Whitaker Rule.  Todd Whitaker states (correctly, hence “Rule”) that the greatest asset a campus or district leader can possess is a staff vacancy.  A vacancy gives the leader the singular opportunity to hire a better employee than the one who was in the position previously.  He follows this up with the truism that there are only two ways to improve an organization:

1. Hire better people.
2. Improve your current people. 

I’ll add that any leader of a learning organization that isn’t working on both #1 and #2 concurrently really isn’t much of a leader.

Now here is how an attrition plan throws a learning organization (schools) into a doom loop.  Let’s assume you have four teacher and their skill levels are distinct, giving you an “A” teacher, “B” teacher, “C” teacher and “F” teacher. If you lose the “F” teacher you haven’t lost much in terms of talent and the rest of the teachers can probably pick up the slack with little trouble.  That is how the attrition plan is sold. But this ignores the fact that you have lost the chance to hire another “A” teacher.

But real life doesn’t work the way the plan is drawn on paper.  Of all the above listed teachers (A-B-C-D-F), which one has the greatest possibility of leaving the organization?

The correct answer is the “A” teacher.  And the reason why is that your “A” teacher has the most options.  The “A” teacher is the one most likely to get a promotion and the most likely to get recruited to another campus or district, because they have the most marketable skill set.  And where an A-B-C team may very well outperform an A-B-C-F team.  I can promise you that a B-C-F team will not.  Plus, the more “A” teachers that leave, the more likely that even more “A” and “B” teachers will leave. 

And the best description of attrition driven C-F teams is “Self-Inflicted Doom Loop.”

Which means if you are considering an attrition plan, find a better solution.

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/Fundamental5 
  • Now at the Apple App Store: Fun 5 Timer (Fundamental 5 Delivery Tool); PowerWalks CLC (Networked Formative Observation Tool) 
  • Upcoming Presentations: TMSA Winter Conference; ASCD Annual Conference; TASSP Summer Conference (Multiple Presentations); TEPSA Summer Conference (Multiple Presentations); NAESP National Conference 
  • Follow Sean Cain and LYS on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation  and like Lead Your School on Facebook

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Reader Asks... Fundamental 5 Support

In response to the 11/3/2011 post, “PowerWalks and Fundamental 5 Support,” a LYS Teacher asks:

SC,

I am a Kindergarten teacher also looking for more help with Lesson Framing. Do you know any teachers that blog and share examples? Our Kindergarten team would love some help!

SC Response
I see that you have been scrolling back through the blog archives.  Thank you!  Personally, I’m not aware of anyone who is devoting blog space to Lesson Framing.  I do know that you can Google “Lesson Frames,” and see some examples.  Obviously some are better than others.  There are also Fundamental 5 chats and book studies that occur on Twitter on a semi-regular basis.

We (LYS) present at conferences across the country (there is list of upcoming conference at the end of this post) and train teachers in schools and districts, almost daily.  Have your Principal contact us and we will come to your campus.

Other than that, if anyone in the LYS Nation knows of an elementary school that is sharing real time resources, send me a link and I will pass it on.  

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/Fundamental5 
  • Now at the Apple App Store: Fun 5 Timer (Fundamental 5 Delivery Tool); PowerWalks CLC (Networked Formative Observation Tool) 
  • Upcoming Presentations: TMSA Winter Conference; ASCD Annual Conference; TASSP Summer Conference (Multiple Presentations); TEPSA Summer Conference (Multiple Presentations); NAESP National Conference 
  • Follow Sean Cain and LYS on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation  and like Lead Your School on Facebook

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Vouchers and "School Choice" - Yet Another Inconvenient Truth

Voucher / School Choice proponents hold themselves up as the saviors of the victims of public schools.  The victims being the poor children that are forced to attend failing schools that evidently no one else has any concern for.  The sound bite is, “No child should be forced to attend a failing school;” (semi-colon on purpose)

The conclusion of the sentence should be, “failing do to arbitrary and capricious policies the Legislature created and/or supports.”

But here is the inconvenient truth, the statement “No child should be forced to attend a failing school,” has no merit. The state already has a solution that has been used successfully for the past 20 years. That solution, already in place, is the PEG (Public Education Grant) Program. 

The PEG Program works in this fashion.  “School Choicers” may want to take notes.

If a public school, by either performance formula or accountability label, is identified as low performing, that school is placed on the PEG list. (Note: Charter schools and private schools aren’t subject to the PEG list because a parent chooses to enroll his/her child in those schools. So for the Texas Legislature, the performance of charter schools and private schools evidently... doesn’t matter.)  

Any student attending any of the 1,199 public schools on the 2014/2015 PEG list can attend any of the 7,327 public schools that are not on the PEG list, tuition free.  The only constraints are that the student may have to provide his/her own transportation and the receiving school must have room. (Another Note: Not all of the 1,199 schools on the PEG List were labeled “Low Performing.” Over half of them are on the list because they were previously “Low Performing” or a formula predicts they may eventually become low performing.  If that sounds like “Double Secret Accountability,” it is.)

Once again, the "Lack of School Choice" is a manufactured Problem / Travesty that is neither a real problem nor a travesty.  Which begs the question:

Are the advocates of vouchers ignorant of public school solutions (inexcusable for our elected officials), or pursuing a specific, non-democratic agenda (which would be... Anti-American)? 

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/Fundamental5 
  • Now at the Apple App Store: Fun 5 Timer (Fundamental 5 Delivery Tool); PowerWalks CLC (Networked Formative Observation Tool) 
  • Upcoming Presentations: TMSA Winter Conference; ASCD Annual Conference; TASSP Summer Conference (Multiple Presentations); TEPSA Summer Conference (Multiple Presentations); NAESP National Conference 
  • Follow Sean Cain and LYS on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation  and like Lead Your School on Facebook