Each month our school board asks me to write a short summary report about the happenings on my campus.
The school has 1400 students, some great and amazing administrators, amazing teacher leaders and a whole bunch of stuff going on. This monthly report is pretty darn easy to write. I go to the principals’ blogs and I find plenty of fodder. A little copying, pasting, editing, crediting, etc. and the report is good to go in about 15 minutes. It is just not that big of a deal, and if you would read one of these reports you probably would be impressed with the amount of stuff going on at this school.
The last couple of months I have noted that the board members may not have been paying particular attention to my report. I don’t blame them– for sure. They are busy professionals. They are volunteers. They have lives and children and a career and this school board stuff is their 4th, 5th or even 6th job, and my campus report cannot be too high on the priority list considering that our board packets are easily 50-60 pages a month. Nonetheless, I felt it my duty to make the reading a little more fun than… say… watching paint dry. So, I decided to just put a little of myself out there each month and build that professional/personal relationship that is so important in a school leader’s life.
Here is what I wrote in the first two paragraphs:
I am a Chicago Cubs fan. I have been one ever since I met my wife and she told me that if I was to get along with my father-in-law I had better immediately adopt the team as my own and embrace the history and love of the “idea” of being a Cubbie. The fact that the team has not won a World Series since 1908 is part of that “idea”. You will find the Cub fans revel in the fact that WHEN they do win the world championship it is going to be one whale of a big party and they want to be a part of it! Cub fans also secretly feel very sad for all the other teams who have already won their championship, knowing full well that their celebration (when it happens), will be so much better than everyone else’s celebration.
Nonetheless, as Alexander Pope wrote in 1733, “hope springs eternal in the human breast, ” and as we head into another season of Major League Baseball, I am also reminded of the seasons of our lives in school. As spring vacation passes us by, the window on the world of the summer and the upcoming year are also on our minds while we continue to be challenged to remain in the present that is our reality of the 12-13 school year.
I have to sometimes remind myself that leaders have to be people too, and through the process of revealing ourselves we become better at what we do.