Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels,
each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels,
and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Leadership with a Focused Vision

I've been working with the LIFT Project at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools lately.  I had the privilege of joining them for their retreat Sunday and yesterday.  It was amazing to listen to leaders plan for turnaround.  I was struck by their intense focus.  As one principal said, we need to look at our choices through the lens of: Does it make a difference?  Will it impact our student learning?  What a great set of questions to ask for our choices.  Too often, we are running so fast, we don't slow down enough to ask those questions, and that's when we lose our focus.  What choice are you making today?  Does it make a difference?  Will it impact your student learning?

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