Leading By Empowering Blog Series

Livia ChanBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

Leading By Empowering Series Overview Unless you have an official title, you may not consider yourself to be a leader…yet. May we challenge you to believe that as an educator, you ARE a leader. Don’t be fooled by the title of this course. This is not only for those who hold a title but also for any educator who works … Read More

Empowering Staff in the Decision-Making Process

Rob BreyerBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: Empowering staff in the decision-making process means listening to your staff’s needs. Consider the potential barriers before making any big decisions. Be open with staff and solicit feedback to increase buy-in. Be sure to explain the “why” of your decision-making process. School administrators are continuously looking for new strategies to help their teachers and students in their schools achieve … Read More

Be More KNOWABLE Than KNOWLEDGEABLE

Dave SchmittouBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: As a leader, it’s not always just about what you know, but it’s about who you are as a person. Leaders are models for teachers, who all are models for students. As a leader, you don’t need to know everything, but others must know you. Be more KNOWABLE than KNOWLEDGEABLE. It’s not about having THE answer; it’s about allowing … Read More

Staff Meetings That Empower

Bobbie FrenchBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: There are numerous ways to conduct staff meetings that excite, engage, and empower your staff to learn and share their expertise to build capacity. Staff meetings should leave teachers feeling empowered. Highlight teachers during staff meetings and amplify their voices. Immerse teachers in an experience to model different ideas for them to try in their own classrooms. As a … Read More

A Culture of Collaboration

Jessica WilliamsBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: Create a culture of collaboration by celebrating the wins, checking in with your staff, and having teacher-run PD sessions. Using a communication tool like Voxer can provide opportunities to open up a dialogue between staff in different areas. Leading with empowerment involves being genuine, showing vulnerability, and a willingness to acknowledge imperfection. I recently met with Foreign Language teachers … Read More