1. State Your Intent Let those in positions of influence know your short/long term aspirations. Get your name into the market…networking, interviewing, committees outside your school.
2. Become a Student Interviewing is a skill. You need to gain experience in this activity. Do not hesitate to contact people and “cash in your chips”—Getting the interview can be the hardest part of the process. Understand what the “next chair” will feel like! Learn all you can about prospective job.
3. Succeed Where You’re At! “If you demonize your current job and rail against it, it becomes a prison you’ll try to escape from. Prison breaks rarely go well for anyone” (Jon Acuff,Quitter). The best predictor of future success is current success…Be AWESOME in what you’re doing, ALL THE TIME!
4. Lead Where You’re At Talk with superior about expanded role Large school/Small School Seize opportunities to take control and lead activities, committees, programs, etc.
5. Brand Yourself Social Networks: Twitter, Linked In, Google+… Start a Blog Get “Connected”…twitter chats, etc.
6. Read, Read, Read “ The difference in you now and 5 years down the road will be the people you listen to and the books you read.”—Lou Holtz Magazines, journals, twitter, books Subject specific (curriculum, etc)…also LEADERSHIP.
7. Develop a “Leadership Practice.” Curriculum, Assessment, Instruction, Indiana standards, teacher evaluations, CCR, A-F Accountability, data analysis, Grad rate…yada, yada, yada! You’d better know HOW TO LEAD! Practice, not a Philosophy…living, breathing, ever changing. Process, Relationships, Excellence, Perseverance, Integrity.
8. Persevere “ When I quit listening to the world’s myths about success and happiness, and quit worrying about getting a head coaching job, I got one…”—Joe Gibbs, Fourth and One “Every dream takes longer than you want it to.—Jon Acuff, Quitter
9. Enjoy Trench Warfare 1.Never demean the time you spend in the trenches. 2.Use any time when you aren’t on center stage to strengthen your practices and prepare. 3.Keep reminding yourself that attitude is the mother of luck.
Misc. Advise Get your name out in the market…networking, interviewing, committees outside your school. Do not hesitate to contact people and “cash in your chips.”—Getting the interview can be the hardest part of the process! Read, Read, Read. If you demonize your current job and rail against it, it becomes a prison you’ll try to escape from. Prison breaks rarely go well for anyone (Jon Acuff).
What to expect when you get the 1 st job… Even More demands on your time. Every reaction and move watched. Expectation for you to make quick decisions. Dozens of encounters and questions every day. “The Buck Stops Here.” The more organized you are and the clearer your “leadership practice,” the better prepared you will be.
How do you succeed? Leadership Curriculum Common Core College/Career Readiness Instruction Evaluations Professional Development Assessment Data Analysis A-F Accountability Management Master schedule Grad Rate