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EC Team Collaborative (COVID-19) Resource Page

Hey everyone, 

Our team are committed to bring this group of EC Leaders together every Wednesday at 3:00 virtually to Inform, Connect, Guide, and Unite charter and business leaders during this time. We will continue to do so until we are back in school. 

Start by saving these School Leadership Community Created Resources to your DRIVE:

Google Folder Access (Click on the Exceptional Children's Folder)

School Leader Shared COVID-19 Resource Document 

Shared COVID-19 EC Resource Document (Coming Soon)

Here is the recording from the weekly sessions (latest one first):

From this call:

Three EC Directors from different schools share how their schools are serving students with disabilities. We also learned about the extended opportunities for Federal Position reporting and how the April 1 Headcount will be counted.

Guest speakers: 

  • Jen Snyder, Envision Science Academy
  • Lillie Floyd, IDYL
  • Lori Luhrs, Brevard Academy
  • Tracy Riddle, Acadia...
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Worrying is Like Bubble Gum for the Mind

habits leadership mentoring Mar 31, 2020

"Hey, I’m Tom Miller and I’ve got a quote I want to share with you one of my favorite quotes from my mentor Paul Martinelli. "Worrying is like bubblegum for the mind." 

Many times, thoughts that consume us are such – ‘Did I do right?’, ‘Could I have done better?’, ‘Am I enough?’, ‘What will be the result of this?’. 

In fact these are such familiar thoughts, that they are often on in our daily habits without our awareness. 

Lots of times, we are in these grey situations where there is nothing obvious that we’ve done wrong, but nothing that we’ve done terribly right either. These thoughts can paralyze you. 

One example is when a client or a potential client emails or calls me. My mind immediately goes to…”What did I do wrong?’ I sometimes delay in opening the email or listening to the voice message. 

Do any of these thoughts ever enter your mind? How do they make...

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How To Orient Your Governing Board Members

Hey my name is Tom Miller and I have been a consultant, trainer and coach for charter school boards since 2012. I have also been a board member since 2015 and there is one thing I have found to be true…

If you want to be a highly effective governing charter school board then you need to be intentional with every aspect of your board, especially board member orientation.  

Here is what I mean.

My first experience as a charter school board member was similar to a middle school dance. I walked in, looked for someone I knew, and sat down. I NEVER hope for an ice breaker activity, but for the first time in my life, something corny like a get-to-know-you-game may have done the trick.  

When I was elected to the board, I was also elected as the Secretary and Chair of the Governance Committee (huge mistake!). Can I share with you what a challenge it was to take meeting minutes when I didn’t know the majority of the board members' names?

I would be lying if I...

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Charter School Leader Community COVID-19 Collaboration

leadership Mar 20, 2020

Hey everyone, 

Our team and strategic partners meet every Thursday at 1:00 dozens of public charter school leaders meet virtually to Inform, Connect, Guide, and Unite charter and business leaders during this time. We will continue to do so until we are back in school Here is the link to add to your calendar

Start by saving these School Leadership Community Created Resources to your DRIVE:

Google Folder Access

Shared COVID-19 Resource Document 

Here is access to the archived recordings (latest to earliest)

April 2, 2020

Experts weigh in on:
Build is as we go, Tom Miller 5 minutes
154 Funding, Cory Draughon, 20 minutes
CARES ACT, Legal and HR Update, Lisa Gordon Stella, 15 minutes
State Emergency Leave, Acadia North Star 10 minutes
Education Plan Updates, 10 minutes
Grading and Legislation, Rhonda Dillingham, 10 Minutes
Call to Action (Self Care!) Tom Miller

March 26, 2020 (Discussion points: Unemployment, Hourly Employees, FERPA, Student Attendance,...

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How to Thrive Through COVID-19 As a School Leader

 

Hey, although these might seem tough times it is what we as leaders were trusted to do when we were appointed. 

Your job as a leader is to be microscopic on the present and telescopic towards the future. 

In less than 100 hours we went from organizing a possible break in school to a mandated two week closing. 

We went from canceling a few sporting events to being self-quarantined and no gathering of ten or more people. 

Some states have already canceled their end of year assessments, some are telling schools to start preparing for a full digital platform through the end of the year. 

Looking at our third and fourth quarter Principal Checklist through our Blue Print4Success program there are some critical organizational objectives (enrollment, hiring, strategic planning, budgeting) you need to be thinking on.

We have so many unknowns over the next 30 days every day matters to the future success.  There is one thing I know for sure...

when you confuse...

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COVID-19 Support and Resources

covid 19 school safety Mar 16, 2020

COVID-19 is fully disrupting millions of families across the globe. Small businesses and large corporations will be lost. 

Our team at Leaders Building Leaders has partnered with key leaders from across North Carolina to Inform, Connect, Guide, and Unite charter and business leaders during this time. 

 We aim to bring you the best resources and up to date information to ensure you can focus your time and energy on what is most important, the welfare of students and stakeholders.

All information is being housed here in our Google Doc. Click for access.

We have created multiple collaborative School Leadership Communities for you to join to keep in touch. 

Join Our SLACK Community: Click here (SLACK is direct messaging and resource sharing platform)

Join our Private Facebook School Leadership Community: Click Here

Schedule Thinking Partner Sessions with Tom or Katy Free of Charge:

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How Do You Know Your Charter School is Successful?

Today I have two questions for you to ask yourself:

  1. Do you find that the charter school you lead or work for is successful?
  2. If yes, what is the main reason for that success?

When I was a teacher, I was never sure if the schools I taught were successful. If they were indeed successful, we were certainly not provided any specific formula that led to our success.

My immediate reaction would be that any success we achieved would be due to the amazing teachers who were part of the team - especially the ones who were most effective in reaching out and building relationships with students.

It could have been my giant ego that got in the way, but I do not believe the teachers in the schools I taught in had much direction; the leadership was not very in tune with improving student achievement and closing the achievement gap. At least, I can stand to say that they were not very concerned by my classroom because I was never formally observed until the last week of school.

My teaching...

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Habits of Highly Effective Charter School Leaders

When I was a public charter school principal my team will tell you I had some horrific habits and a very little discipline. Whatever article I happened to read the week before, that's what the faculty meeting focused on. I would arrive at school each day prepared to observe, coach, lead and implement strategic initiatives. Then, the school day started and I got out of the firehose. The next thing you know cars are lining up for afternoon dismissal and my beautiful list of things to do has not accumulated one check off. I was active, but not productive. 

One might say, I had shiny object syndrome!

Over time, I got on activity auto-pilot. We were a good school, but not great. It was not until my third year and the second trip to the emergency room that I realized I was the problem and I was doing it ALL wrong. I had an incredible work ethic, but too many faulty assumptions and a lack of discipline in keeping the main thing the main thing. 

Everything started to change when I...

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Learn How to Empower Your People

During a recent leadership training, I facilitated a seminar with twenty organizational leaders. I asked them the following question: 

“When I think about delegating, I worry about ______________?” 

They were asked to fill-in-the-blank on a sticky note and place it in the middle of the room. 

We then took a tour around the room and discussed the responses. Overall, the leaders’ concerns fell into 3 key categories: 

Time Management

  • “Being done on time.”
  • “Missing deadlines.”
  • “The job getting done.”
  • “Being done in a timely manner.”
  • “It getting done.”
  • “Completing the task on time.”

Quality Management

  • “Being done correctly.”
  • Lack of attention to detail.”
  • “Quality of work.”
  • “Completing the task correctly.”
  • “Being done right.”
  • “The work being focused on the right things.”
  • Loss of focus on the...
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Celebrate Monday's: Look How This Charter School Teaches and Celebrates Its Core Values

core values Mar 02, 2020

Hey school leader,

Thank you for being such a valued member of our school leadership community.

I believe culture is the sum of all of the behaviors by the human beings in the organization.

The best way to ensure the behaviors by the humans are focused on the right things are to adopt agreed upon values.

These values cannot just be word on paper. They need to be discussed and defined. They need training and to be communicated daily through the actions of the leaders.  

If the values are not followed it's everyone in the organization's job to say so. Not just the person at the top of the organization. 

This why I loved visiting Pine Lake Prep as part of our Teacher Leader Consortium this past week. The staff, students and stakeholders spent an incredible amount of time working through an adoption process of their core values. 

Setting and changing the culture of a school might be the most important job of a leader as it doesn't matter how strong your...

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