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1 Leading your staff through enhanced relationships, clarity of purpose and active reflection… Russ Facione Principal Bingham Farms Elementary School Birmingham Public Schools

2 Personal Note- Who is this guy?? Audience- Who am I talking to? You are here because you are leading others in the high risk area of 21 st T&L! Administrators, Teacher Leaders, others? Items- Connector, _______________ _________________

3 Connector -- The Take Away- What do you want to take away from today? Connect with others to tell them in 45 seconds or less. Switch at the chime sounds. Find 3 people you dont know and share. Conversation- Name, District, School --- One Take Away. Stickies- Fill out 1-3 and place on the TAKE AWAY sheet.

4 You are in charge of yourself and your needs. Active participant today. Open mindedness to items discussed. Multi-tasking in an individual preference. Anything that comes up but not be tied directly to this goes in Parking Lot to be covered at the end. Everything you see here and more is on my wiki at

5 Communication How can we communicate effectively with staff? Reflection How can that communication lead to reflection? Qualitative Change How can reflection and relationships lead to qualitative change in your building? Then how is impacts your journey!

6 These are re-culturing pieces. One must RECULTRE a building as a whole, THEN you can RESTRUCTURE. If you restructure before you re-culture you get hostility and no buy in… folks must be ready for the changes coming.

7 How can we get staff to be reflective? TRUST So, then…..how can we grow our mutual collective trust?

8 When in a time of change there needs to be a feeling or mutual were-in-this-together You can achieve this by: 1. Exercises to gain awareness of each other. 2. How meetings are organized. 3. How levels of communication are shared.

9 Mr. Rogers had it right… you need to know who you are in the trenches with, building the mutual trust works only when you look inside yourself.

10 What can you do? My favorite example is TRUE COLORS. Book list #1 Showing Our True Colors, Miscsin. What is it, how do you do it, and what do you do with the results? Staff fill out a quick sheet which has them match up trios of words that best describe how they would naturally approach something…

11 Need to know each other to work together; To understand ourselves, How we seem to others and How they seem to us;

12 When you know what your core values are, you can perform at your highest level – and when you understand others, you have the basis to communicate and achieve common goals. Four COLORS- GOLD, BLUE, GREEN, ORANGE How do I determine my color spectrum? Dominant Color to a lowest color? You could have a pair--- you could have more even spread, or one slam dunk dominant.

13 Read trio of words in each across 4 = Word list most describes down to 1 = For the least describes; You will have five rows filled out.

14 Active Opportunistic Spontaneous 2 Parental Traditional Responsible 3 Authentic Harmonious Compassionate 4 Versatile Inventive Competent 1 Competitive Impetuous Impactful Practical Sensible Dependable Unique Empathetic Communicative Curious Conceptual Knowledgeable Realistic Open-Minded Adventuresome Loyal Conservative Organized Devoted Warm Poetic Theoretical Seeking Ingenious Daring Impulsive Fun Concerned Procedural Cooperative Tender Inspirational Dramatic Determined Complex Composed Exciting Courageous Skillful Orderly Conventional Caring Vivacious Affectionate Sympathetic Philosophical Principled Rational ====

15 2. Then, take the four color sheets on the table, look at the picture on the front and the description on the back, see which one fits you best and rank them left to right: Orange Card, Gold Card, Blue Card, Green Card Label Under notes left to right Orange, Gold, Blue, Green

16 Active Opportunistic Spontaneous Parental Traditional Responsible Authentic Harmonious Compassionate Versatile Inventive Competent Competitive Impetuous Impactful Practical Sensible Dependable Unique Empathetic Communicative Curious Conceptual Knowledgeable Realistic Open-Minded Adventuresome Loyal Conservative Organized Devoted Warm Poetic Theoretical Seeking Ingenious Daring Impulsive Fun Concerned Procedural Cooperative Tender Inspirational Dramatic Determined Complex Composed Exciting Courageous Skillful Orderly Conventional Caring Vivacious Affectionate Sympathetic Philosophical Principled Rational ==== ORANGE GOLD BLUEGREEN

17 Now we will add them up going down… MAX is 24 for any one areaMIN is 6 Fill out your four color spectrum: Highest to lowest with totals; Questionnaire Directions:

18 Famous Folks in your color Your characteristics Your strengths Others may see you as: Oranges Golds Greens

19 General Student Population vs. K-12 Educators WHAT DO YOU THINK? KidsStaff BLUE _____ % ______ % Orange _____ %______ % Green _____ %______ % Gold _____ %______ %

20 General Student Population vs. K-12 Educators ANSWER KEY- FOR TYPICAL SCHOOL KidsStaff Blue 38 % 20 % Orange 38 %5% Green 12%5 % Gold 12 %70 % 38 % OF KIDS ARE ORANGE WHILE 70% OF STAFF ARE GOLD- THEY ARE OPPOSITE

21 Celebrate your differences! Be open about working on your lowest. Stickers on mailboxes for instance, leads to a more open appreciation. Make it a risk-free part of the culture.

22 So weve covered our first major point. Deep Breath time. Think about in your capacity, what can you do to enhance the relationships you have with those you work with or lead? How could you use this True Colors information to help with that? Share with neighbors around you. 1 minute. GO!

23 Book List #2 Facilitation with Ease, Bens – Facilitation is a key in leading a meeting. – Process (How) over Content (What) – Get you flip charts ready! Group thought, etc; – Actively listen – Always have a Parking Lot – Begin Meetings with Connectors- These are activities to promote trust and focus on the work at hand. – Need LOTS of big paper and a process of documenting Group Thought, and of sharing it. – Difference between Dialogue and Discussion Share ZCI and Conensogram Two examples – Levels of Decision Making when they come up.

24 Connectors are key activities to open a meeting: They Build trust in the group, deepen relationships, increase emotional intelligence Open up relationships (like us today, we dont know each other at all) Focus us on the work at hand in an active engaging fashion. And no one sleeps or is correcting papers! Some examples of 30 second Connectors…

25 What if your topic was your grade level teams and developing norms, a connector could be: What was your best team experience growing up? What made it so positive? Other purpose of connectors- Build group energy Practice listening skills Create laughter Enhance trust Shared Purpose Now think amongst yourselves- A meeting, its purpose what could be a connector to design? Also, read the intimacy level of the group – how well do they know each other?

26 Now that youve connected, youve laughed youve deepened relationships… Meaningful Meetings: Have an agenda, goal, and norms (GOLDS need this) Have an opportunity to share and connect (BLUES need this) Have flexibility built in, activity, variety (ORANGES need this) Have research, articles, process time (GREENS need this)

27 A perfect example- Your staff has an agenda item to review your mission statement or your values. CRUCIAL POINT- Have you differentiated whether they are in… DISCUSSION or DIALOGUE But arent those the same????? OH no!!

28 Such an important and often overlooked item! Be CLEAR with staff…. If you are in.. 1.Dialogue- We are openly talking and informing everyone, to gain a mutual understanding of all sides. Divergent 2.Discussion- We have reviewed all the sides and need to make a decision, reach consensus and move on. Convergent

29 Now that youve gone through D&D, you now need to make sure youve established what level of decision making that the staff is in. Several Levels- Be clear!! Which level is this decision under? Level 1- I decide Level 2- I decide with input from you Level 3- We decide together Level 4- You decide with input from me. Level 5- You decide

30 Basically there are three reasons people come and talk to you…..be comfortable asking for clarification. 1. Coach- Im presenting to you a problem and Id like to still own it, but Id like your help. 2. Vent- I need to come and vent so Ill feel better, just let me unload then Ill be out of here! 3. Fix- I need you to solve this. So imagine if there is a gap….could get pretty frustrating for both parties involved.

31 Our goal today was how to move our staff, things we can implement upon return to change the culture. We learned about learning about ourselves and one another through True Colors We learned about facilitation versus leading a meeting. We learned about the importance of connectors. We learned about dialogue, discussion and purposes for talking to once another.

32 So now we are READY!! Remember Re-culture before Re-structure, then it weaves back and forth. So now that youve done these things, when it comes to the CE journey, here is where all of these shifts makes the biggest impact. To the 11 Principles

33 Review these, write a sticky note to how our learning today can impact these 11 principles in your own schools journey.

34 You can REALLY see the tie with Principle 11 (Regular Assessment) Principle 9 (Long Range support) & Principle 8 (Staff as ethical learning community)

35 You must address parking lot concerns at the end of all meetings. Remember especially your BLUES need that validation and open communication. So whats in our Parking Lot.

36 Once I fully understood my GREEN-ness we did voluntary summer reads, some of our books have been: Boy Writers, Ralph Fletcher Whole New Mind, Daniel Pink Global Achievement Gap, Wagner (Excerpts) Drive, Daniel Pink (Excerpts) 5 Minds for the Future Morning Meeting Book Celebrate yourself while ensuring the others!!


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