A collection of featured blogs from Patch.

Exploring Servant Leadership in Education

Those of us that serve as public education leaders can be thought of as servant leaders. I have always considered my work in schools to be a form of public service. Interestingly, the term servant leadership was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in 1970. Since then, it has been used to describe those who serve their community in some capacity, whether a teacher, mayor, pastor … etc. Simply, the definition of servant leadership is a person who leads by serving others. What is interesting is that the word servant comes before leadership (leader). This is intentional since this type of leader has the desire to serve first and then lead to solve the issue, not just motivate others to get better results. When it comes to education, servant leadership has deep roots.

Resources on Effectively Disrupting Underperforming Organizations

It is important for a leader to stay the course through highly disruptive times in an organization. Doing such is not easy work and generally unsustainable when public perception turns sour. However, the length of time a leader is allowed to sail against the wind can depend upon the quality of the leader’s strategic plan from the outset as well as the Board’s commitment to the strategies set forth in the plan. As the COO of my current urban school District, I, along with a team of talented and dedicated senior managers, have been committed to a strategic operating plan that since being implemented has highly disrupted the organization over the past four years.

Combating Summer Learning Loss in Norwalk Public Schools

Public school district leaders confronted with achievement gaps understand how summer learning loss serves to further exacerbates such learning gaps. The research suggests that summer learning regression begins to set in after three continuous weeks without instruction. In the absence of a year-round school schedule, districts must design summer programming that offsets the summer slide students experience. Traditional summer school is necessary for low performing students otherwise it has been found that districts will experience a widening of the achievement gap over time.

A Look at Risk Management in Education

Risk management can be found in every industry, from finance to education. It is important to create a risk management program and identify the school-based risk factors. Teachers and staff must understand these risks, evaluate them and then take the appropriate actions. If this process is not done, there will be an impact on the school district.

Coaching Trends for 2019

Just like any business, there are new trends each year that affect the bottom-line. Coaching is no different. To ensure a business is successful, it is important that business owners (coaches) stay on top of the latest trends. The new trends in coaching will help you to create a meaningful connection with your client, increase the number of clients and lead your clients to the next level in their careers. Let’s take a look at the latest trends that will affect coaching this year.

The Top 5 Ways to Avoid Common Executive Coaching Pitfalls

For anyone that is not familiar with executive coaching, it is a newly mainstream training method for today’s executive business leaders. If skilled, knowledgeable, and successful executive coaches are used, they can help to take any single employee or employee group to the next level. The problem, however, is that many executive coaches fall into common pitfalls that ultimately end up harming the work performance of the person that they are supposed to be mentoring. Coaches that fall into these pitfalls can leave employees feeling alienated, undervalued, and incompetent. Avoiding the mistakes below is crucial in order to make the coaching experience an overall success.

Understanding the Role of a School Administrator

As anyone in the education field knows, there are numerous positions and people whose jobs are essential to the day-to-day operations of a school. From daycares to prestigious universities, a school administrator provides leadership and guidance while overseeing the daily functions of a school.