2016-17 GOAL (in progress):
To create the conditions for a more positive staff culture in the school.
BCPVPA Standards that are the focus of the goal:
Domain 1: Moral Stewardship
Standard 1: Values, Vision, and Mission
- Principals and Vice-Principals guide the development and implementation of shared values, vision, mission, and goals to support engagement, learning, and success for all learners.
Domain 3: Relational Leadership
Standard 5: Intrapersonal Capacity
- Principals and vice-principals demonstrate self-knowledge and personal qualities that support positive relationships and build cultures of integrity.
Standard 6: Interpersonal Capacity
- Principals and Vice-Principals build and support positive, effective working relationships within the school and community for all.
Standard 7: Cultural Leadership
- Principals and Vice Principals build and support positive, effective working relationships within the school.
If I focus on the strengths of staff and create the conditions for a more positive, collaborative staff culture, will we engage in more regular, reflective dialogue and create actions for change that drive staff and student learning forward?
- Determine with staff the qualities of a positive staff culture (Completed)
- Determine with staff the barriers to a positive staff culture
- Create a strengths-based culture for staff
- Blog: 8 Strategies to Bring Out the Best in Staff
- Start every meeting with WWW – What Went Well (blog post coming soon)
- Implement Club Days (completed APril 2017, blog post coming soon)
- Complete the VIA Strengths Survey with staff (shifted to Fall, 2017)
- A video for teachers from students: What do you love about your teacher?
- Continue to use our staff meeting/collaboration commitments to model and guide behaviours
- Build trust through active listening, effective management, and caring leadership.
- Blog: Sometimes We Don’t Need to Fix It… We Just Need to Shut Up and Listen
- Blog: Listen With Your Eyes
- Blog: Building Staff Culture: The Importance of TRUST
- Building a collaborative culture by doing the work (blog post coming soon)
- Attend workshops sessions as a team
- Dr. Ross Greene sessions
- Making Connections Conference – Resource team – October, 2016
- Faye Brownlie sessions
- Shelley Moore session
- All staff attended a session at Kwantlen Cultural Centre on cultural bias and privilege. Following this, we all attended the First Salmon Ceremony.
- Create the conditions for staff leadership by tapping into strengths
- Pro-D Days, staff meetings, collaboration time
- Numerous examples of staff members facilitating sessions on professional development days. Staff often chose to stay at the school to work with and learn from each other in the areas of numeracy, writing, technology, strengths-based leadership, and physical education.
- Staff-led discussion at staff meetings on SOGI, Truth and Reconciliation, writing, and thinking.
- Provide space to discuss and implement strategies for wellness (balance, rest, happiness, care)
- Time at each staff meeting.
- Modeling with staff and sharing effective practice and resources.
- Blog: How taking email off my phone helped me win the inbox battle and live more in the moment
- Some evidence embedded above.
- Online anonymous staff survey on school culture and my professional growth. Questions can be found here (live survey is a private link).
- Shared our experience with organization culture at workshops in Edmonton and Calgary (Feb/Mar 2017) with administrators and school leaders (slides are here and embedded below). Positive feedback was received by organizers.
Coming soon (following staff survey).
- Book: The Speed of Trust by Stephen MR Covey
- Book: Time to Think: Listening to Ignite the Human Mind by Nancy Kline
- Book: The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity by George Couros
- Book: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
- Book: Spirals of Inquiry for Equity and Quality by Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser
- Book: Making Thinking Visible by Ron Ritchart
- Book: The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor
- Book: Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath
- Book: Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone by Mark Goulston
- Book: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink
- Book: Reshaping School Culture: Implementing a Strengths-Based Approach in Schools by Edward Rawana, et al.
- Book: School Culture by Design by Phil Boyte
- Book: Groups at Work: Strategies and Structures for Professional Learning by Laura Lipton and Bruce Wellman
- Book: Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School by Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan
- Book: Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
- Book: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown