At the end of the year, I’m left with a number of questions that I am asking myself, and I long to ask many of you. They are the questions that require courage to truly address. They are the questions that strip away the sound bites, smiles, and confidence that is necessary to lead our schools. They are the questions that take us to the dark places. The dark place where we struggle, often alone, in our quest to transform our schools into places of excellence. These are the questions that I want to keep me up at night. These are the questions that have answers that come in asynchronous ways. Won’t you allow the summer to be a safe space to explore the tough questions that need to surround our work?
What is going to be fundamentally different about your school next year?
What huge risk for kids are you dreaming about implementing?
Do you truly still believe in incremental change?
With what school in the country are you most impressed because of the way that they serve kids?
Are you a disruptive force for your school and education as a whole?
Do you have enough courage to do this position?
What is your best example of how you model excellent learning for kids?
What fuel do you have in the system to promote students innovation and creativity?
Are your college-ready kids truly life ready?
Is your school a joyous place?
Are you dreaming big enough?