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Chris Bergmann's Educational Leadership Entry Plan

Educational Leadership Entry Plan

Chris Bergmann

on 2 July 2010

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Transcript of Chris Bergmann's Educational Leadership Entry Plan

Timeline & Action Steps Spring July 2010 August 2010 September 2010 October 2010 December 2010 November 2010 January 2011 Goals 1. Listen, observe, and learn about the existing community & culture.

2. Be respectful and build authentic relationships.

3. Establish a safe and positive school culture.

4. Celebrate success often!

5. Assess current structures, climate, and resources to develop a framework for contiunuous improvement and achievement. Context References Assessment & Reflection "Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny."
~ Frank Outlaw
Values & Beliefs Shared Leadership ower to NOT Power over... Where are we now? Where do we need to be? How will we get there? Big 4 Questions...

1. What do we need to accomplish?
2. How will we know when we've accomplished it?
3. What will we do if we don't accomplish it?
4. What will we do if we exceed our expectations?

~ Rick DuFour (modified for entry plan scenario) ? To Be Determined: The next steps will be formulated based on assment and reflection. What's Next "The nature of relationships among the adults within a school has a greater influence on the character and quality of that school and on student accomplishment than anything else."

"A school's culture has far more influence on life and learning in the schoolhouse than the president of the country, the state department of educaion , the superintendent, the school board, or even the principal, teachers, and the parents can ever have."

~ Roland Barth Goal: Become a leader at an school that aligns with my core values & beliefs.

1. Network, Network, Network
2. Build relationships
3. Don't settle for a mediocre fit.
If the job doesn't align with my core values, then don't take it

Study and learn the school community.
Initiate relationships and introduce myself to staff

Action Steps

1.Study the school:
Analyze data from state and local assessments in all curricular areas
(Identify strengths & weaknesses)
Open my door for one-on-one meetings with staff, students, and parents
(just listen, compliment, and show gratitude)
Perform initial learning walk through the empty school to get the general feel
Identify current realities.
2. Attend CASE conference (professional development)
3. Let the community know about who I am
Send introductory memo
Host staff BBQ at my home Objectives:
Identify basic needs for teachers & resources needed to begin the shool year.
Review organizational structures of the school.
Begin to establish a positive culture and climate.

Action Steps:
1. Staff meetings:
Focus on celebrations, basic needs/resources, and establish authentic relationships.
2. Professional Development:
Select a few master teachers in the building to provide staff with some "best practices" on how to successfully promote culture, relationships, and classroom management with students in the first weeks of school.
3. Use the majority of the time with staff to focus on culture and get to
know each other better.
4. Administration team:
Meet to identify rolls and responsibilities.
Create discipline plans and processes for managing poor behavior
Establish school safety proceedures

Continue to establish and maintain positive culture.
Celebrate early successes.

Action Steps:

1. Attend collaborative team meetings to stay in touch and connected with all departments.
2. Staff meetings:
Give faculty a voice and celebrate the first few weeks of school
(focus on all of the incredible & positive school happenings)
3. Perform learning walks to get in the classrooms and re-energize with students.
4. Leave every teacher a positive note about something I observed and appreciate when walking through their learning environment.
5. Schedule one-on-one meetings with staff members to assess progress and listen to feedback.
Begin establishing PLCs and discuss best practices
Maintain positive culture

Action Steps:
1. Organize a parent coffee meeting to listen, check in, and assess school culture
and achievement through their lens.
2. Staff Meetings:
Instructional strategies/best practices
What's best for kids?
3. Continue to celebrate staff and students publicly
4. Clear schedule to attend at least one practice and game for each of the fall sports

Chris Bergmann's Educational Leadership Entry Plan Educational Leadership Entry Plan Attention to Detail... I designed my entry plan around the scenario that I would be the newly hired principal in a school for which I have no prior knowedge or background. The community and staff in this context know nothing about me and I know nothing about them.

I chose to design my entry plan in this context because I feel like it provides me with the most useful skill set for utilizing this plan in any leadership position I may encounter in my career. By starting with a challenging situation like this one, I feel like I could take tools, timelines, quotes, etc. from this entry plan to meet the needs of any leadership role in education.

I'll get started by saying that a great educational leader is naturally a great teacher, so I decided to start my entry plan with Rick DuFour's

"Move the big boulders, so that teachers have the ability to move the smaller pebbles."
"Keep things non-threatening with no pressure and no immediate change." Objectives:
Refresh school building symbols & signs
Maintain positive culture
Give thanks

Action Steps:
1. Form a task force of teachers to help improve the school appearance and re-word
some signs if needed. Also hang lots of student work in halls!
2. Staff Meetings:
Instructional best practices
Team & relationship building
Thanksgiving gratitude and reflection exercise
3. Begin to process assessment data with staff to drive instruction for semester # 2.
4. Get staff input for school improvement plan (ongoing).

"We're All In This Together!" Objectives:
Give teachers time to focus on their practice and wrap things up.
Celebrate successful 1st semester
Reflect & assess progress

Action Steps:
1. Form a task force of teachers to help improve the school appearance and re-word
some signs if needed. Also hang a variety of student work in hallways!
2. Staff Meetings:
Reflect on 1st semester
Staff Survey: How is your leadership team doing so far? (feedback for reflection)

Reflect on 1st semester and transition into new beginnings
Re-Norm and grounding
Maintain positive culture

Action Steps:
1. Welcome Back!
2. Staff Meetings:
Grounding and focus to transition out of break
Set new staff goals to enhance instruction and raise student achievement
4. Formative assessment to address other building needs

Going back to the "Big 4 Questions" that were stated in the initial stages of this plan, it's very important to reflect and assess at each stage of the entry process to see if we are accomplishing what we set out to do. In fact, the later stages of this plan were very difficult for me to create because modifying objectives based on staff and building needs is one strong sense I have as a leader. This process is similar to performing a formative assessment as a classroom teacher. Because of this, I highly doubt my calendar would stay consistent beyond the first few months of planning. As a leader, a big key to understanding future action steps is to continually ASK QUESTIONS, OBSERVE, LISTEN, and REFLECT. This will do a lot to help modify leadership strategies and objectives along the way. As an administrator, reflecting on my goals, achievement, and progress is a very important factor that cannot be overlooked. A great reflection resource to keep an educational leader balanced and on track... Deal, T, Peterson, K. (2009). Shaping School Culture: Pitfalls, Paradoxes, and Promises.
San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Inc.

Barth, R. (May 2002). The culture builder. Educational Leadership, V. 59 (8) pp. 6-11.

Barth, R. (March 2006). Improving relationships within the schoolhouse. Educational
Leadership, V. 63 (6) pp. 8-13.

DuFour, Richard (May 2004). What is a professional learning community?, Educational

Boloz, Sigmund (1997). The C Diet. Shaping School Culture: Pitfalls, Paradoxes, and
Promises. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Inc.

How do you define success?
"Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming."
~John Wooden People support what they help to create. A Letter To The Jefferson Middle School Community,

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new principal at Jefferson Middle School. I’ve heard amazing things about the community, staff and students here at Jefferson and I’m excited to begin my journey working along side such exceptional educators. My first impressions of Jefferson Middle School already confirm that this community shares my vision and highest priority of doing what’s best for kids. The positive energy and pride in this school was apparent from the first time I walked into the building. I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and working hard to continue the long-standing traditions of excellence at this school.

In getting to know me, you will find that I’m a hard working Colorado native who grew up in a family of educators. I was raised with high moral expectations and a true passion for the teaching profession. I love exploring the great outdoors with my lovely wife Angela. Whether it’s hiking, snowshoeing, rafting, or fishing, you will find me in my true element exploring the natural world. Early in my career, I followed my passion for nature which led me into public education as a science teacher. After attending college at Colorado State University and teaching for a year at Wheat Ridge High School, I followed my heart back to the Fort Collins community. In Fort Collins, I found a perfect fit as an 8th grade science teacher at Kinard Middle School, which helped me to maximize my teaching potential. Now, looking for a new challenge, I’m excited to get started in my next chapter in an administrative role at Jefferson Middle School and join what is already an exceptional school.

My educational philosophy and values are centered at the heart of fostering a positive and collaborative school culture. My goal is to help support a high functioning professional learning community that results in exceptional student learning experiences in the classroom. I’m dedicated to maximizing student achievement and helping to prepare kids with the important 21st century skills necessary to succeed in their future. I believe in setting innovative goals and working hard to achieve them. I’m prepared to work extremely hard while making sure that all stakeholders at Jefferson always feel supported and successful.

Through a strong collaborative community and collegial partnerships I am confident that we can achieve great things and make this school an even better place for kids to learn and grow. We are all in this together and I’m looking forward to meeting each of you in the fall. Please don’t hesitate to stop by my office to say hello. GO EAGLES!

In Gratitude,

Principal Chris Bergmann
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