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1 WELCOME TO THE 34 TH ANNUAL Keynote: Dr. Debra Peppers

2 Presented by Dr. Debra Peppers V.P for 88 days when Roosevelt died of massive stroke

3 Harry Truman’s getaway home: The Little White House, Key West (the only presidential museum in Fl.)

4 Why we are moving to Florida!

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6 This is going to destroy everything we’ve worked for! We are not going to stand for this! Who is really going to get the money? Who says this is best for the children? It certainly isn’t best for the teachers. Parents need to be brought into this! Why can’t we just go back to the good old days. OH FOR THE GOOD OL’DAYS! How many times have you heard…

7 Florida State Seminoles Class of 1902

8 Singing School Fort Meade, 1909

9 Two-Horse School bus!

10 Faculty watermelon party on the front steps of Dixieland Elementary School

11 Charm School Inductees of 1947 St. Petersburg

12 Tallahassee Democrat 1957

13 1. Fellow Educator of 39 years 2. Almost “burned out” and learned to realize my strengths and weaknesses 3. Became a “beggar” (to everyone!) 4. Became a leader by learning to serve 5. Learned to rejuvenate and “balance” 7. Found leadership “lessons” from around the world! 8. Learned to share “my story.”

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15 30% of America’s Students are Dropouts! I was… PERSONALIZATION! One life at a time. So, what’s the answer?

16 I WAS BEING SET UP AND NEITHER OF US KNEW! SHOW ME!

17 And So it goes with teachers and staff: Leadership Styles 17 Effective Ineffective Active Passive Laissez Faire Manage by Exception Contingent Reward Transformational

18 The real legacy we leave: changed lives. Transformational Leadership Individually and collectively We don’t always get to see the results! CRISIS DANGER OPPORTUNITY

19 Charles Bean Director of Dropout Prevention, St. Louis City Public Schools LHS Graduation 1989

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21 Hardworking; Dedicated; Respectful of rules; Conservative Old-fashioned; Behind the times; Autocratic; Aversion to Change Optimistic; Team player; Competitive; Efficient Self-centered; political; Power-driven; Workaholic; Unrealistic

22 Balanced (work/life quality); Self-reliant; Slackers; Selfish; Impatient; Cynical; Pragmatic Fun-seeking; Technology savvy Short attention span; Spoiled; Disrespectful; Tech dependent

23 Take advantage of the differences in values, styles and expectations of each; but be careful NOT to follow blanket stereotypes.

24 Facilitate mentoring and generational interaction in all areas. Utilize the high expectations of ambitious Millennials with special tasks. Generation X will soon dominate teachers and leadership in education, use that. Get key players of each on board; keep the focus on utilizing available funds while showing benefits for all especially students. Boomers offer a wealth of knowledge, implementing transitions and change.

25 TOP TEN QUALITIES OF LEADERS Of EXCELLENCE 1.They are authentic, trustworthy, safe and respected. 2.They are good listeners at all levels. 3.They treat subordinates with dignity and respect. 4.They have clear, consistent expectations. 5.They seek solutions and input from many; accept responsibility (The Buck Stops Here!) 6.They are flexible and willing to change. 7.They can motivate those under them to succeed. 8.They find the “good” and praise it. 9. They strive to live a balanced life, personally and professionally. 10. They have developed a good sense of humor. Dr. Debra D. Peppers

26 Proposals for Merit Pay/ Pay for Performance/ VAM THREE MAJOR ISSUES I HAD TO FACE:  Court Mandated De-Segregation  Full Inclusion for Special Needs  Violence Prevention/ Crisis Counseling (Drug, Alcohol, Teen Issues) The best indicator of future success is implementation of past success.

27 FIND THE GOOD AND PRAISE IT! Get Key Players to “Show them” the good!

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29 Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve: nothing dies harder than the desire to think of oneself. __T.S. Eliot HAVE YOU MET THE ENEMY?

30 THE MARK OF A GREAT LEADER IS TO TAKE OTHERS TO PLACES WHERE EVEN THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN!

31 STAND and DELIVER

32 Full inclusion

33 NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE: THE SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS

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35 Zambia teachers Model School in Zambia

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37 And PLEASE have a good sense of humor AND LEARN TO LAUGH AT YOURSELF!

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39 Smile… sneer and grimace are not the same! START KEEPING YOUR OWN TREASURES i.e. Wisdom from Alabama to Texas  My humor journal: Luuuuucy! Bud Peppers (our first date)  Physiological as well as emotional, mental, even spiritual BENEFITS!

40 Thank You FLORIDA! Our society is no longer the same, but the hearts of children are! More than ever, you are needed!! THANK YOU FOR INVESTING YOUR LIVES!

41 God bless you My Florida friends! I’m Dr. Peppers Shakin’ the Salt Visit my website:


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