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Telling Our Story: Honored to Have Been Nominated!

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"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!



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Michael Lubelfeld, Ed.D. Mike currently serves as the superintendent of schools in the Deerfield, IL Public Schools (District 109).  Mike is married and is the father of two young children. He lives and works in suburban Chicago. Mike attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, with a minor in criminal justice. He holds a Master of Arts in teaching and Educational Specialist in administration and supervision from National-Louis University. Mike earned his Doctor of Education in curriculum and instruction from Loyola University of Chicago, where his published dissertation was on Effective Instruction in Middle School Social Studies. Mike has had a variety of experiences as an educational professional. He began his educational career as an elementary and middle school teacher, prior to assuming roles of associate principal and principal at the middle school level, and as an assistant superintendent for personnel services (PK-8). He is also on the adjunct faculty at National Louis University in the Department of Educational Leadership. He can be found on Twitter at @mikelubelfeld and he is the co-moderator of #suptchat - the superintendent educational chat on Twitter.
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