It doesn’t matter what time of year you watch this video, each classroom needs to be intentionally designed for: Instruction, Communication, Motivation, and Inspiration. Help guide your teachers in designing this by defining what these four elements looks and feels like. Sometimes they need suggestions. Sometimes they need permission. Below are examples of how I guided my teachers. I would put these on their classroom door before they came back from summer break. See if they fit into your style. https://docs.google.com/document/d/13KHKJScZXnaEBvfdG7T19A1jKBfHm4eQVKC8cHXWMP4/edit?usp=sharing https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vMTx5ODtX9a1lS1Wtw5fgUtLVcLyv9PRi-BqQ7e7B-g/edit?usp=sharing Find me if you need me, Email: email@example.com Website: Jlhindsconsulting.com
Lesha Dalton, a member of the JL Hinds Consulting team, explains our TTESS Support System, a service that provides personal guidance to teachers during the process of making goals, designing practical plans to achieve them, and assessing progress throughout the year. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our site at JLHindsconsulting.com
In "10 Ways to Hack School Climate and Culture" I, John Hinds give principals ten ideas for creating a positive learning environment on their campuses. These are ways that I was able to bring our students, staff, caregivers, and our community together in the three different schools where I had the honor of leading. Find me if you need me, John email@example.com JLHindsconsulting.com
I'm John Hinds, and this video introduces you to my company, JL Hinds Consulting. You'll learn about our mission, which is to help schools and districts use a systems thinking approach as they improve schedules, relationships, and productivity. Find me if you need me, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: Jlhindsconsulting.com
Checking our bias as educators is one of our eternal tasks. Effective school leadership and management includes being aware of our surroundings and understanding the messages they are communicating to us. My hope for this video is that it makes you stop and think. Maybe even reflect on your current practices of judging your students/community. The lesson I learned the day I walked into that bathroom changed the way I lead that campus and I think the kids and staff are better for it. I’ve always said that you are going to affect the community you lead either positively or negatively. This lesson I learned helped me to make a positive difference. Find me if you need me, John email@example.com JLHindsconsulting.com
Systems for meetings are essential for every principal to have in place (second only to a well designed Master Calendar). Having routine, efficient and effective meetings keeps you in a proactive mode and is part of an overall systematic communication system. Visit the links below for descriptions of the meetings you should have weekly and monthly as well as a sample checklist. Meeting Checklist: https://tinyurl.com/yh7lrttx Meeting and Agenda Descriptions: https://tinyurl.com/yjdhagh6 Find me if you need me, John Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: Jlhindsconsulting.com
I’ve always felt that students do better when we are giving clear guidelines and norms for behavior. Making clear expectations that are consistent and reflect a community that cares about each other is key. Lucky for me, I came to a campus where the previous principal felt the same way and had this type of presentation EVERY 9 weeks. I firmly believe this presentation is one of the reasons that school was the top school in the district, so I took the idea with me to my next school and it was one of the reasons that school turned around so quickly. This type of presentation, and its systematic implementation, is good for any school and any type of student. It is also one more opportunity for you to get in front of your students and tell them that you love them and what you are doing to help them grow. You can fix some trouble areas (playground, cafeteria, bathroom etc.) and praise the students for the areas that are going well (kids also need to be praised). It is a great opportunity to give your students a heads-up about a field trip or drill that you might be having soon. Below are two different versions of the same presentation to help guide you in creating one that works for your school. https://tinyurl.com/pswvs7ne https://tinyurl.com/2a6y5jm9 Find me if you need me, John Email: email@example.com Website: Jlhindsconsulting.com
Many of you have lost your Mojo/Flow/Stride/Momentum in the past year and I want to help you get the motivation back. In "How to Get Your Mojo Back at School," I give you seven steps to achieve that work momentum. With the use of the two books listed below, a couple of guiding documents, and a little time, I think you can BEGIN to get it back. As always, it’s going to take hard work and a plan but you can get your Mojo back headed into the school year. Books to Use: MOJO by Marshall Goldsmith: https://www.amazon.com/Mojo-How-Keep-Back-Lose/dp/1401323278/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1624365626&sr=8-1 The Way of the Seal by Mark Devine: https://www.amazon.com/Way-SEAL-Think-Warrior-Succeed/dp/1621451097/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1624365665&sr=8-1 Documents to Use: Way of the Seal Focus Plan: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Lq-VNCRqMomZ2uTt-q_KI0qCZRSk-J3y/view?usp=sharing Campus Needs Assessment - contact me for details Find me if you need me, John Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: Jlhindsconsulting.com
The Shepherd Program grew from an idea seed I took from one of the best leadership development books I've read. I adapted the Counselor Watch Program from Whatever it Takes to work for elementary school leadership teams. This program came to be one of my best strategies to make sure kids did not fall through the cracks. When you have a system like this in place, it teaches your Leadership Team that it IS all about kids and it teaches your teachers that you WILL support them. Some leaders talk about these two concepts and some leaders model these two concepts. Some easily defined groups to shepherd: *504 *Foster *Homeless *Sped *African American *Recent Immigrants *New students *Students who have been retained in the past The point is, this is another system that will work for you once you get it up and running. Find as many adults as you can find to identify a group of students they are passionate about and teach them how to check on their students regularly. Find me if you need me, John email@example.com https://www.jlhindsconsulting.com/
Learn from John Hinds, leadership consultant, how community partnerships can be beneficial to all of a school's stakeholders, leading to greater student success. Collaboration with businesses around your school is another key element in the larger system. Find out more about how John Hinds can help your campus or district at https://www.jlhindsconsulting.com/ Understanding this concept is an investment in your school’s future. As I learned the skills necessary to create this army that could support my school behind the scenes, and sometimes out in front, my plans became more comprehensive, more robust, more EFFECTIVE. I encourage all of you to start small with the local gas station or realtor. Get yourself organized with the tips I talk about in this video and then start planning and delegating. Use that Master Calendar to help with your conversations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOcXLIQaep0&t=12s Remember, you are trying to align the values of the community with the values of the businesses with the values of the school. Leverage values!
Connect with parents and families through e-mails. Some leadership ideas need extra context to completely understand. Therefore, they need “the rest of the story” as Paul Harvey used to say. I have told this concept to dozens of people but they don’t GET IT until I tell the story behind it. They then want to ask me tons of questions and they get excited about trying it themselves. One way to connect with parents and families is through e-mails. The skill of writing to your community is never taught. You are just expected to know how to communicate with them. However, if you had an example of a great email written to a community that evoked a positive emotion it would probably help, right? (See some examples here: https://rb.gy/7t9ixv) Sometimes we need to see it to understand it. I was lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time to be given this gift. The principal who taught me how to write to my community doesn’t even know he taught me this lesson. He is no longer a principal but this, as well as many other lessons he taught me, will be part of the legacy he passed on to the next generation of educational leaders. THANKS CHRIS! Find me if you need me, John firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.jlhindsconsulting.com/
John Hinds, Leadership Consultant, recommends the best professional books he has found during his career as a school administrator, including one by Patrick Lencioni. What do successful people read? Find out more from John in the video and below. Everyone has their favorite books. These are my top 5 professional books. These books helped me to learn skills that I needed to be successful as a school leader. I encourage you to get these books not only for you but also your leadership teams and work through them together. Depending on your situation, one book may be a priority over the other ones but I have read a lot of books and these five have served me the most over my career. Getting Things Done by David Allen https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Things-Done-Stress-free-Productivity/dp/0349408947/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1621699558&sr=1-1 The Getting Things Done Workbook - https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Things-Done-Workbook-Productivity/dp/0143133438/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+getting+things+done+workbook&qid=1621701503&sr=8-1 Quiet Leadership by David Rock https://www.amazon.com/Quiet-Leadership-Steps-Transforming-Performance/dp/0060835915/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2EA44JM5N8J72&dchild=1&keywords=quiet+leadership+by+david+rock&qid=1621699517&s=books&sprefix=quiet+le%2Cstripbooks%2C212&sr=1-3 Whatever it Takes by DuFours https://www.amazon.com/Richard-DuFour-Whatever-Professional-Communities/dp/B00HTK0B26/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=whatever+it+takes+dufour&qid=1621699619&s=books&sr=1-1 Spaces and Places by Debbie Diller https://www.amazon.com/Spaces-Places-Designing-Classrooms-Literacy/dp/1571107223/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=spaces+and+places+debbie+diller&qid=1621699401&s=audible&sr=1-1 The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni https://www.amazon.com/Lencioni-Patrick-M-s-Advantage-Organizational/dp/B008EAWBXC/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1621699432&sr=1-1 Patrick Lencioni’s videos on this book: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfu7e5nX6m0MmzDljkCWaif_4R8tRRDZ1 I have supporting documents that I used for each of these books. Contact me if you are interested in any. My website: https://www.jlhindsconsulting.com/ Contact me at: email@example.com
John Hinds, Leadership Consultant, distinguishes between a coach and a mentor when it comes to seeking out advice for your leadership team. To see a downloadable chart that compares the two, you can click on this link. https://bit.ly/33wiCyE Find out more about how John Hinds can help your campus or district at https://www.jlhindsconsulting.com/ John's advice: "This is just the way I think about the difference between coaching and mentoring. There are no right or wrong ways of doing it as long as you get your needs met. Both are forms of professional development (PD) and you deserve great professional development tailored to your needs. I encourage you to use your PD budget to get the best services for you, your assistant principal, and possibly your campus leaders."
John Hinds, Leadership Consultant, explains how school leadership teams have the power to build an awesome school culture and climate by being present and available as soon as students and staff walk through the school doors each day. Collective leader efficacy begins with creating robust systems like these to empower your campus community. Find out more about how John Hinds can help your campus or district at https://www.jlhindsconsulting.com/ This system is an OPPORTUNITY for you to set the tone for the entire campus each morning. Other than our awesome bus drivers, you can be the first face that your students see each morning to welcome into the school environment. Talk about it at the faculty meeting before and after and see what your teachers say. Try this out for a week and see if it makes a difference for your staff and students. Also, put it in your weekly emails to your parents so that they know where you will be and the intent behind your leadership team being there with you. You set the tone every day. It’s the job!
In this addition to his series on using Systems Thinking in schools, John Hinds, Leadership Consultant, explains that data driven education begins long before the start of a new school year. Find out more about how John Hinds can help your campus or district at https://www.jlhindsconsulting.com/ This video is about being the CDO (Chief Data Officer) of your school. Creating the time to delve into all of the data I mention accelerates your knowledge of what you are doing well and what you could improve on in the future. Understanding how your test scores are tied to your library circulation which are tied to your budget which is tied to your attendance, etc... Puts you in a proactive mode. It also helps you speak with credibility to your staff, community, and your district leaders. Knowing as much data(information) as possible helps you find those patterns in your current practices that need to be protected or adjusted. Take the time to absorb this data so that you can make better decisions in the future. Data and assessment pieces to learn from: *504 *Student attendance *Staff attendance *List of students (Sped, 405, ELL, RTI, GT, Retained, UIL, ect.) *Library circulation *Campus budget, Title budget, District budgeted funds *State testing *Benchmarks, common assessments *CIRCLE *MAP *Running Records *F & P *ARD paperwork *Testing accommodations **Anything you can get a 5 year history of Find out more about how John Hinds can help your campus or district at jlhindconsulting.com
In this video, John Hinds, leadership consultant, talks about the importance of the master calendar as the essential umbrella system for a campus, contributing to collective leader efficacy and a strong school climate. Question: Why is the Master Calendar so important for a principal? Answer: It is the largest system that affects the entire campus for the entire year. Things to consider - Do I have any conflicting events? When and how do you ask parents for money? When is the best time to have night events? Who is in charge of what? How and when do you communicate with your parents about an upcoming event? How are you working with your business partners if you haven’t planned out your events? What events do you need to be at and which ones can you delegate to? Your Master Calendar reflects the values of your school! When intentionally and deliberately thought out, your Master Calendar can address all of these and more. My 2019-2020 calendar in list form: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-vTGGwpMnjLJz8-osdWyZBkpli-ZJMqa/view?usp=sharing My website: https://www.jlhindsconsulting.com/ Other videos to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU9fBBnOcNo&t=3s Other websites to check out: https://engagetheirminds.com/ https://lead4ward.com/