The Next 5 Years
My definition of leadership is the is the ability to lead a project, task, or group of people to accomplish a common goal. The leader must have clear goals, courage, wisdom, vision, gravitas, personality, an honest demeanor, ambition and passion. In my definition of leadership, I envision that there are many people who have leadership qualities but fall short with the interpersonal skills required to be an effective leader. Effective leaders tend to stand out and are able to inspire others to accomplish goals and see their vision. As I move forward toward the future, I see many exciting things I want to accomplish in the next five years which require leadership skills. To help accomplish my instrumental and missional goals, listed below are resources that allow me to continue my vision for the future. The resources are diverse and allow me the freedom to have courage to make change happen.
Where do I go from here ...
I work for an International Baccalaureate school in their Middle Years Program. I would like to play a prominent role with bringing the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) to my school. The plan includes investigating the educational standards required to implement the program. The school would be able to bring the IB philosophy which is rigorous and aimed at creating international and local leaders to our primary grades. This change would give the students in the neighborhood a better opportunity to compete academically for positions in select enrollment high schools. As public schools, compete for funding, the schools that are high performing and showing outstanding value are the schools that will success.
There is no budget for resources at my school for the science curriculum. I am not sure how long the school can manage successfully without additional funding or help. The need is great and the potential to do amazing things with the curriculum exist. Our students are bright and deserve the best. The science classes are the only classes in the middle school that do not have dedicated chromebooks at their disposal. Although, I don't think chromebooks are the best technology; some technology is better than limited access (the science classes can use the computer lab on the first floor when it is not occupied with standardized testing or by classes K-5). I plan to seek out a parent group. We have a group of parents that has started a "garden club." Why not seek parents who want to enhance the technology and science education in the school.
Limited technology in the classes has made me a stronger advocate for my students. I think that the school's priorities as it relates to science education appears skewed or is more reactive instead of active. To be honest, I don't think plans to add resources, specimens, or technology to our science program is ever discussed and discussion is discouraged. As, a result, I spend a lot of time and energy trying to bring new and innovative programs to the school. I have a strong interest in renewable energy and robotics. My next plan is the obtain a grant that will allow me to create a afterschool programs that will teach students about the science of robotics and renewable energy.
STEM clubs are very popular. I would like to establish additional clubs in the schools that would allow students to investigate their love of science and provide science education workshops to parents.
The saga continues ...