School administrators have incredibly challenging jobs and every year around this time, I start to think about how nice it will be to celebrate Christmas and take time to be with family and rejuvenate. I hope that you will all have the opportunity to take advantage of some much needed rest over the next few weeks. It not only healthy to take breaks, but it is also healthy to think about how administrators take care of themselves during the school year.
A rather tame lame duck session wrapped on Thursday evening after two late nights, including one that went into the wee hours of Thursday morning. The legislature passed a flurry of bills, as is typical for lame duck, but the final picture looks pretty good for the school community.
Lame duck 2016 is in the books and it was a reasonably successful one for MASSP and the education community. Two major initiatives that could have cost schools millions of dollars—MPSERS reform and an income tax shift—both came up short. And several other education bills that did pass did so either with the support of the education community or only after the concerns of the education community were addressed. Here's the rundown…
There is no shortage of research exploring the best practices for improving school culture. While some believe to improve a school culture you have to attack those things that are deemed problematic. Other theories outline generic steps for reform.
Lame duck lesson #1: just because something has been declared dead doesn't mean it can't get up and start walking again, so it's too soon to celebrate despite some good news this week.