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Leader’s Corner

“Upstream efforts are those intended to prevent problems before they happen or reduce the harm caused by those problems.” ~ Dan Heath Let’s consider the difference between upstream and downstream actions. Downstream actions are easier to see and easier to measure.  Upstream actions work towards preventing problems and/or reducing the impact of those problems; these …

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Leader’s Corner

As a reflective leader, you constantly assess, analyze, adjust, and take action. When reflecting on the Blueprint systems that you have installed (or will be installing), take a moment to identify some next steps for you and your district.

Leader’s Corner – Appreciate Leadership & Positive Framing

As you plan for the future, consider the ideas and support of others throughout the district and community. One leader alone cannot carry the burden of planning for the unknown. Develop a shared leadership approach and consider using these five core strategies of Appreciative Leadership to engage your staff:  Inquiry, Illumination, Inclusion, Inspiration, and Integrity. …

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Leader’s Corner – Support for Continuity of Learning Plan

One aspect of your Continuity of Learning Plan you may want to monitor early is your strategy for communication. We have created an example for how one district, Pleasant Valley Public Schools, has used the IPOF model to document how they will monitor their communication during the coming weeks. Before you jump into the example, think about the importance of monitoring your communication strategy.

Leader’s Corner – Small System Cycles

In last month’s issue, Data-Driven Decision-Making, we shared with you a set of five questions that can help frame how you look at using data to inform decisions in your district or building. Data is used to help clarify district priorities and goals as you determine your focus for a small system cycle. Now, let’s take a look at the use of data through the lens of the IPOF model. We have all heard before, “start with the end in mind,” so let’s start with the output.