Designing a “Learning Journey” #LX
One of the most useful tools that we instructional designers can borrow from #UX is...Read More
Last week, I attended a school function at our local middle school, where I sit on the Parent Advisory Council (PAC). It was an orientation night for parents of kids entering the school in the fall. Last year I attended as a parent and it was dull, dull, dull. We listened to the principal drone on and show his numerous slides, although he did include my favorite video about the importance of language (for the French Immersion parents). This year, we have a new principal and here’s how the evening went:
What lessons did I learn?
Start as you mean to go on – the principal set the tone for the relationship that these parents will forge with the school for the duration of their child’s middle years (at least 3 years if it is just one child, perhaps longer if they will have more than one child at the school)
Have fun – no matter how old you are, learning can be fun (try watching a bunch of middle-aged parents come up with a cheer), and leading is all about learning.
Leadership is not a spectator sport – the vice principal designed the session, but they were both in attendance for the entire evening.
Leadership isn’t a solo event – involving key stakeholders in your leadership makes you a stronger leader – members of the parent advisory council, staff and a few kids were involved in the design, delivery or both of the session and are involved in many aspects of the school.