Labels Don’t Improve School Districts

Blaine AlexanderBlog, Lead Better

TL;DR: Relationships and communication improve school districts. The conversation shouldn’t be what label to give schools; it should be how we can help and support these districts. We must differentiate the process for helping lower-performing schools. Before you continue reading, I want to caution you that my blog this month is not going to make you feel like you are … Read More

I’m Still Standing … Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

Blaine AlexanderBlog, Lead Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Despite all of the obstacles educators face this year, they are still standing. Teachers are seeing the opportunities that lie among all of the challenges. School leaders should provide teachers with flexibility, support, grace, and encouragement. Now is the time to celebrate our teachers and support them in everything they do. Don’t you know I’m still standing better than … Read More

Effective Decision Making: Using Core Values as the Filter

Blaine AlexanderBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Professional Development

TL;DR: Reflecting on our core values helps us filter through the decisions we make to ensure they are purposeful and effective. Involving team members in decision making can help to increase the likelihood that all members support the outcome. Using core values to make decisions helps to prevent decision-making fatigue. Research shows that adults make an average of 35,000 decisions per … Read More

Everything I Know About Leadership, I Learned in First Grade

Blaine AlexanderBlog, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: It is important to lead with a vision and a clear direction. Modeling effective leadership can inspire new leaders. I do not have numerous significant memories of my first grade year at Delight Elementary School. Except for the occasional favorite lunch of square pizza with a side of kernel corn and my introduction to the bizarre cuisine termed Shepherd’s … Read More