Wednesday, September 2, 2015

PowerWalks Hero Schools (August 2015)

In furtherance of a LYS Nation tradition, we will take this time to tip our caps to the campuses that have embraced the most important step in creating and maintaining an action oriented professional learning community.  These are the campuses that have conducted an extraordinary number of formative classroom observations in a given month.  Since this is the beginning of the school year, any campus that conducted even a single PowerWalks observation is to be considered a Hero Campus.  Next month, as you can see below, the bar will be raised a little bit higher.

Your September Targets
High Schools – 150 PowerWalks Observations
Middle Schools / Junior High Schools – 125 PowerWalks Observations
Elementary / Intermediate / Combined Campuses – 100 PowerWalks Observations
Alternative Schools – 50 PowerWalks Observations

Now without further ado, here are your forty PowerWalks Hero Schools for the month of August 2015.  Congratulations!!!

Elementary Schools & Combined Campuses
Middle Schools & Junior High Schools
Alternative Schools
High Schools
Eastside ES (CISD) - 158
Cleveland MS (CISD) - 128
Frederick Douglas LC (CISD) - 14
Fairdale HS (JCPS) - 474
Northside ES (CISD) - 154
Marlin MS (MISD) - 115
Cleveland DAEP (CISD)
Mayde Creek HS (KISD) - 202
Rennell ES (CFISD) - 129
Magnolia JH (MISD) - 97

Marlin HS (MISD) - 62
Marlin ES (MISD) - 110
Borger MS (BISD) - 63

Iroquois HS (JCPS) - 42
Portland ES (JCPS) – 41
Unicoi County MS (UCS) - 22

Morton Ranch HS (KISD) - 28
Paul Belton ES (BISD) - 32
Canyon MS (CISD)

Marion County HS (MCPS) - 20
Southside PS (CISD) - 31
Lomax JH (LPISD)

Borger HS (BISD)
Crockett ES (BISD) - 27


Mathis HS (MISD)
Dublin IS (DISD) - 25



Colonial Hills ES (NEISD) - 22



Borger IS (BISD) - 20



Dublin ES (DISD) - 17



Gateway ES (BISD) - 15



Raymond E. Curtis ES (WISD) - 15



Kerrick ES (JCPS) - 11



Rock Creek ES (UCS)



Love Chapel ES (UCS)



Refugio ES (RISD)



Temple Hill ES (UCS)



Unicoi ES (UCS)



Frost Schools (FISD)



Bonham ES (HISD)



J.H. Hines ES (WISD)




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: Illinois ASCD Fall Conference (Multiple Presentations), Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association Fall AP Conference, The Fundamental 5 National Summit (Multiple Presentations); American Association of School Administrators Conference; National Association of Secondary School Principals Conference (Multiple Presentations) 
  • Follow Sean Cain and LYS on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation  and like Lead Your School on Facebook

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

So When is Enough, Enough?

“The only defense against a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun” – Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice President

9 Dead, Innocent Victims (Civilians)
6/7/2015, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, South Carolina

4 Dead, Innocent Victims (Professional Soldiers)
7/16/2015, Military Facility, Tennessee

2 Dead, Innocent Victims (Civilians)
7/24/2015, Movie Theater, Louisiana

2 Dead, Innocent Victims (Civilians)
8/26/2015, Live News Report, Virginia

1 Dead, Innocent Victim (Sheriff Deputy)
8/28/2015, Gas Station, Texas

At this point it can be objectively argued that The Good Guy with a Gun Theory is an abject failure. A good guy with a gun can stop neither the surprise attack nor the ambush. 

When Plan A isn’t working, at some point it has to be time to consider Plan B.

I would suggest that Plan B would be at minimum to: 

1. Make it more difficult for any yahoo to arm himself for some delusional Armageddon. 
2.  Mandate better firearms safety requirements. 
3. Provide significantly improved mental health services.

Or we can go straight to Plan C... Kevlar vests and advanced combat helmets issued at birth.

Plan B or Plan C, pick one. But I am sickened by the fact that we are perfectly OK with gunning down our own... Then shedding a tear, wringing our hands, shrugging our shoulders and then waiting for the inevitable less shocking mass killing or ambush no later than next month. 

This is not our national embarrassment; it’s our national shame.

And here’s the disclaimer to make it more difficult for the close-minded to paint me with a liberal, Yankee, Democrat, city slicker, etc., brush.

I write this as a lifetime gun owning, hunting, southern male raised and taught gun safety by my infantry soldier Father, USAF Colonel (ret.) Grandfather and USAF Senior Master Sergeant (ret.) Grandfather.

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: Illinois ASCD Fall Conference (Multiple Presentations), Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association Fall AP Conference, The Fundamental 5 National Summit (Multiple Presentations); American Association of School Administrators Conference; National Association of Secondary School Principals Conference (Multiple Presentations) 
  • Follow Sean Cain and LYS on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation  and like Lead Your School on Facebook

Monday, August 31, 2015

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of August 23, 2105

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of August 23, 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. Voter suppression is the weirdest and most dangerous corruption of the democratic process in our lifetime. (By @pastors4txkids)

2. The purpose of a mini-lesson is to not over-teach. Students learn to read by reading. Teachers stop talking about it, let students read. (By @norskireader)

3. No one rises to low expectations... (By @FerebeelPS)

4. If you weren't born in the same generation as your students, you don't speak the same language. (By @cheryljhunt)

5. "Framing lessons to address gaps in background knowledge gives our students a better chance to appreciate great works of literature and nonfiction." (By @DrMetz_MJH)

6. Want to get really good at something? Do it every day, and document how you do it. Seriously, write it down step by step. (By @eduleadership)

7. Teachers deserve to be paid adequately as professionals. (By @mims2tay)

8. We are doomed as long as people see education as an expense and not an investment. (By @NicholasFerroni)

9. When all 600,000 Texas schoolteachers vote in the best interest of their schoolchildren, we will no longer have funding problems for schools. (By @pastors4txkids)

10. Just found out that The University of Texas - El Paso is using, The Fundamental 5 (Cain & Laird), in its College of Education! Go Miners!!! (By @LYSNation)

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: Illinois ASCD Fall Conference (Multiple Presentations), Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association Fall AP Conference, The Fundamental 5 National Summit (Multiple Presentations); American Association of School Administrators Conference; National Association of Secondary School Principals Conference (Multiple Presentations) 
  • Follow Sean Cain and LYS on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation  and like Lead Your School on Facebook

Friday, August 28, 2015

Failed Leadership Begets Failed Teachers

Today, I heard a teacher on the staff of a school that is experiencing declining student performance say, “I’m satisfied with my performance.” 

He said this in front of his principal.  And his (non-LYS) principal had no response.

By their words and their actions, this teacher and his principal are OK with marginalized student outcomes on their watch. Which means no matter how nice they may be as people, as educators they are BAD for students. Think about that.

It’s hard to argue that the Anti-Public School Faction has it wrong when those beliefs and attitudes are tolerated and validated within our profession. 

We have to be better than that.

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: Illinois ASCD Fall Conference (Multiple Presentations), Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association Fall AP Conference, The Fundamental 5 National Summit (Multiple Presentations); National Association of Secondary School Principals Conference (Multiple Presentations); American Association of School Administrators Conference
  • Follow Sean Cain and LYS on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation  and like Lead Your School on Facebook

Thursday, August 27, 2015

This Year, Be a More Effective You

With the upcoming school year, commit to the following on Day 1 to have your best year ever.

1. Start with your room clean and organized and keep it that way, every day, all year long.

2. Start using a timer.  Use it for warm-ups, direct instruction, guided practice and most importantly, to remind you to close your lesson.

3. Embed The Fundamental 5 in every lesson, every day.

4. Close every lesson (appropriately), every day.  If you do not close your lesson appropriately, retention is significantly hampered for every student in your classroom.

The consistent implementation of this simple list sets you up for being your most effective you!

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: Illinois ASCD Fall Conference (Multiple Presentations), Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association Fall AP Conference, The Fundamental 5 National Summit (Multiple Presentations); National Association of Secondary School Principals Conference (Multiple Presentations); American Association of School Administrators Conference 
  • Follow Sean Cain and LYS on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation  and like Lead Your School on Facebook

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

E. Don Brown Writes... 53 and Counting

LYS Principal Emeritus, E. Don Brown, sends out the following field report.

I Loved SC’s 8/21/15 on the road clip, “The Long Summer Road Trip and I was inspired to share my week on the road. Great fun, even for the “old and feeble”!  

I spent Monday and Wednesday with LYS Coach, great communicator and friend, Harry Miller, in Quinlan ISD and Cuero ISD. In those districts we had the privilege of helping 500 teachers and instructional leaders prepare for the new school year.

On Tuesday, I was at Canyon Middle School helping teacher prepare for their most successful year ever. Finally, on Thursday I had the opportunity to work all day with the faculty at Tompkins HS. THS is a great school, one of just thirteen 6-A high schools to earn all seven TEA distinctions,

My highlight of the week was a visit from, and a lunch with, one of my former students from the Bell HS class of 1987.

I am “pumped-up” to again have a meaningful role in now the 53rd Start of the Year of my career.  And I love the excitiement of being a LYS Coach working with the LYS schools and educators.

It is now rare to meet an educator that is not aware of Lead Your School and The Fundamental 5. And I am proud and honored to part of both the LYS Team and the ever growing LYS Nation!!

E. Don

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: Illinois ASCD Fall Conference (Multiple Presentations), Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association Fall AP Conference, The Fundamental 5 National Summit (Multiple Presentations); National Association of Secondary School Principals Conference (Multiple Presentations); American Association of School Administrators Conference 
  • Follow Sean Cain and LYS on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation  and like Lead Your School on Facebook