March 10th Newsletter

March 10th Newsletter

This week’s newsletter lands right in the middle of National Catholic Sisters Week (March 8-14)!  Here is the website.  I certainly encourage all school leaders to honor sisters working in your schools and reach out to sisters/orders who once staffed your schools.  I’ve heard of schools asking their students to send cards or bringing in sisters for an All-School Mass and tour.

This week in honor of Lent, I’m blogging about prayer and leadership.

The Top 5 Links:

  1. In the Catholic news section, NCR published a great article about how to create a Vatican II parish. I suggest you read it and replace “parish” with “school” and see what ideas emerge.
  2. In the Leadership section, the absolute best article of the week is from Education Week. “The Hidden Logic of American Underachievement” challenges how we educate.  I’ve often said that you can’t rely on parent or student feedback about teacher effectiveness.  Sometimes the teachers who challenge students and expect excellent effort are the ones who receive the most complaints.  Whereas the teacher who doesn’t challenge students, gives each student top scores, and avoids any conflicts does not receive complaints from students or parents.  This article might force you to reexamine your approach.
  3. The next article from Jennifer Gonzalez asks principals “Are you Brave Enough to Ask for Staff Feedback?”
  4. In the Teaching & Learning section, there is a great article on “in the ear” instructional coaching. We have great new technology tools (video, Huddl, etc) but I’m not sure we’ve integrated them into our professional practice.  And instructional coaching is certainly one area where we can all improve.
  5. In the Miscellany section, The Atlantic published a thoughtful piece on our workaholic natures, “The Religion of Workism is Making Americans Miserable.”