As I continue to think about the Principal Quality Standards and the ways I work to develop these in my life, I am thrilled with the power in taking time to reflect. I am finding the Leadership20 webinar and group to be a provocation to continue the growth. I love to hear the things that are going on in other schools, other divisions, other provinces, and even in other countries. I love the feeling of gratification when I see or hear someone doing something similar to what I have undertaken, and am grateful for the challenge of working towards those areas that I think I need to improve.
Our staff is going to be embarking on its first book study in my time at the school. We have decided that we have to have similar understanding of our AISI initiative around literacy and guided reading. Our implementation of that program has meant a number of great things:
- Opportunity to embark on a project that we ALL feel is extremely important and valuable
- Time taken to state our core values around literacy and what it looks like at BACS
- Development of a vision for our literacy program
- Undertaking a book study around the Daily 5
- Developing a literacy room as an Auxiliary of our School Library
- Hopefully lots more to come as we are just starting on this!
I feel that I have met this criteria by doing the following:
- I know that all people have leadership potential. This leadership will look different depending on the person and the situation.
- Developing a vision is of utmost importance. We recently reworked our school’s vision as a Leader in Me School. Our new vision is:
Strengthening Our Community
- Working with students, parents, and staff and clarifying with them the vision of the school. When we developed our new mission and vision we took time to collaborate around the things we really value. If we make our vision based on what we truly believe, it will guide our thinking about how we do things, and align our planning and goal setting.
- Through our Divisional Three Year Education Planning process, we worked with students, staff, and parents to understand our strengths, along with our areas growth. This was a collaborative endeavour that was well received by the school community. The results of this document are listed on the Sturgeon School Division Website.
- I have worked hard to include parents and staff of school initiatives that are based on current and future school community needs through open communication. This has included communication through monthly newsletters, as well as using a conversational media through the Bon Accord School FaceBook page..
- We take opportunity to celebrate the things we do as a school. Our assemblies are celebrations and we invite parents to attend and celebrate with us. I believe that the school needs to function as, and think of itself as a family. This has been shown in posts discussing the school assemblies, participation in events like the Terry Fox Run and the Sturgeon Cross Country Run, Concerts, etc.
- A visionary leader shares and communicates the vision with all stakeholders. I make it a habit to regularly talk about the goals we have as a school. This might look like an informal discussion in the staffroom, part of a staff meeting, a parent council meeting, or even a discussion with students.
- I like to share leadership information and invite others on staff and outside of the staff to share in leadership information and opportunities that I think are valuable. There are those on staff that can be promoted in their journey by encouragement, sharing information, and mentoring. I take that role very seriously.
- I take time to research current and recurrent topics that come up including:
- Full Day Kindergarten
- Reporting To Parents
- Assessment practices
We are working on getting better/more permanent versions of these signs (below) made: