As a former history teacher, Independence Day makes me think about the importance of speaking courageously — about big and small things. As John Adams wrote, “Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.” I think of the brave men and women who founded our nation, those who have spoken out to improve it along the way, and those who speak courageously today to make our world a more equitable and just place for all people. But this year, I also think of the group of 75 education leaders we met with in Wisconsin last week. Superintendents, central office leaders, principals, and assistant principals joined our Studer Education team to learn about leadership and holding ourselves accountable through performance scorecards. Throughout the day, these leaders engaged in courageous talk about the challenges before them, the urgent needs of their students and employees, and their commitment to continuous improvement. I captured some of their words — those spoken in the whole-group discussion, in this Tagxedo word cloud:
I appreciate hearing our leaders naming their barriers and fears, and aspiring to serve their students better every day. When asked to describe what a successful year would look like, our participants said: personalized instruction, student achievement gains, closing the gap for students with special needs, effective professional development for all of our teachers, and social justice. What courage! I feel privileged to support these leaders in their important work. Please see our partner superintendents and their colleagues, below.
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The participants in last week’s Leadership Development Institute were from four Studer Education partners in Wisconsin: Kettle-Moraine School District, Muskego-Norway School District, Oconomowoc Area School District, and Pewaukee School District. Many thanks to those leaders for their dedicated work!