"If he works for you, you work for him."
– Japanese Proverb
Telling our story as leaders is quite valuable and quite important! I rely on social media (i.e. Twitter, blogs, Facebook, etc) to share the messages of education and success in the school district and community I serve. Today I was informed of a humbling honor, one of my friends, colleagues, peers, nominated me for a Bammy 2015 award. Through a monthly Twitter chat for superintendents as well as through blogging and a District hashtag, #Engage109, the story of our district's success is shared!
I'm proud of our teachers, our administrators, our students, our Board members and our entire community. Recognition is a tricky concept because as a leader I want to model humility and celebrating an award is not the most humble act one can demonstrate ... so I truly am humbled to have been nominated and I am truly humbled to serve in my community. At the same time, I have to balance the desire for quiet humility with the value of sharing and multiplying te stories of excellence in our community therefore I promote the story of our district and I promote the stories of our teachers, and at times I promote my story of leadership. It's through this delicate balance that I endeavor to model the right way and demonstrate the right amount of pride with humility.
What are the Bammy Awards you may be thinking ...: From their site: The Bammy Awards is a cross-discipline honor that identifies and acknowledges the extraordinary work being done across the entire education field every day -- from teachers, principals and superintendents, to school nurses, support staff, advocates, researchers, school custodians, early childhood specialists, education journalists, parents and students. The Bammy Awards were created to help reverse the negative national narrative that dominates the education field.
It's an honor to serve as a public school superintendent! It's an honor to share stories of selfless and tirelessly working teachers and students and it's a pleasure to have multiple forums to share the stories! Another organization to which I belong is called the National Association of School Superintendents (NASS). NASS also has an initiative to share the stories of good work in our nation's public schools. Their Project Lead is another example of public school educators and leaders telling the stories of good and success and excellence in our schools. Check out Superintendent Don Haddad's video about Project Lead (another venue for sharing succes in our nation's schools.
Thank you for reading, learning, sharing, Tweeting, etc! On our journey together we learn more!
Please follow our school district at #Engage109 and @DPS109 and please consider my Bammy Award nomination!