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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

MRVED Update - January 22, 2019

MRVED Business

Upcoming Meetings


January 22, 2020 - Superintendents' Council
January 24, 2020 - Principals' Council
January 31, 2020 - Title III Teachers
February 6, 2020 - Substitute Teacher Training
February 12, 2020 - MRVED Board

MELT Recap & Evaluation


MELT 2020 is now in the rearview mirror.  Once again, the conference was a huge success.  Over 650 teachers graced the hallways of Lac qui Parle Valley High School and attended over 100 sessions.  Many of the sessions were led by some of our own awesome teachers, counselors, principals, social workers, etc...  Our hope is that you were able to grow as an educator through your sessions.

If you have not done so already, please take the time to fill out the Evaluation for the day.  Our Teacher Advisory Committee uses the information from the evaluations to make decisions on future professional development opportunities.  We appreciate any and all feedback.

Thank you to all that participated and presented.  A special thank you to all of Lac qui Parle Valley for the hospitality and hard work in getting things ready for the day.  LqPV does an excellent job!

Public Review Period for MCA-IV Test Specifications for Science


As a result of the 2019 revisions to the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Science, the Science Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-Series IV (Science MCA-IV) will begin assessing these standards in the spring of 2024. In collaboration with a committee of Minnesota educators, MDE has drafted the Science MCA-IV Test Specifications to assist with the development of the new assessments.

Members of the public are encouraged to review the proposed MCA-IV Draft Test Specifications for Science and provide feedback through the Science MCA-IV Test Specifications Feedback Survey. The survey will be open until February 17, 2020. Your feedback is important in creating the best assessment possible for all Minnesota students. A copy of the survey questions is available to review and discuss with colleagues before entering your individual or group survey responses.

Professional Development

The Today Show recently featured the story from Lucy Laney Elementary School in North Minneapolis.  I highly recommend watching both the Today Show clip as well as taking the time to watch the documentary Love Them First.  The documentary is grabbing national attention and shining a spotlight on SEL in our schools.

Today Show clip
Love Them First

Book Study

Sanctuaries - Introduction and Section 1 - Sanctuaries

As we begin our journey through the book Sanctuaries by Dan Tricarico, I highly suggest purchasing the book and following along.  The book is about self-care secrets for stressed-out teachers.  It provides strategies for teachers in taking care of themselves.  During this book study, I will highlight some of my favorite points in the chapters and by no means is a substitute for not reading the book.  I would love to hear your feedback and experiences as well.

Tricarico starts by telling us why self-care is so important.  As teachers, I think we are well aware of teacher burnout and why our burnout rate is so high.  Teaching is such a personable and stressful profession.  We all have stories about teachers, and good teachers at that, that have left the profession due to the stresses.  A great quote in the introduction is, "Your well-being and the success of your students, relies, in many ways, on your ability to thrive - not simply survive" (Tricarico, iii).

I'm going to summarize the first section of this book in 1 paragraph, please note there is SO much more in this reading.

We need to find and recognize our own "sanctuaries", that is a place of refuge and protection.  This can be a physical place or an emotional place.  Some people go for a run to find their sanctuary, and some people simply want to sit in front of a TV.  We need to know where our sanctuary is, so you can go to that place during a stressful time.  You also need to be intentional about your self-care.  He says, "If you want to treat yourself better..., you must do it on purpose and by choice" (Tricarico, 7).  Then you need to give yourself permission to take care of yourself.  If your sanctuary is running, and you have a plan to run and are intentional about it, you also need to tell yourself that it is OK to take the time to do it.  Tricarico says you also need to put this permission in writing and give yourself a permission slip to do it.  By doing this, you are more likely to actually do it!

Again, there is so much more in these chapters, my goal is to get you thinking about your own self-care.  Start a conversation at your school today.
1. Where is your sanctuary(ies)?
2. How can you be intentional about your self-care?

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

MRVED Update - January 8, 2020

MRVED Business

Upcoming Meetings


January 20, 2020 - MELT @ LqPV High School
January 22, 2020 - Superintendents' Council
January 24, 2020 - Principals' Council
January 31, 2020 - Title III Teachers

MELT Information


MELT 2020 is fast approaching!  If you have not registered yet, please contact Katie (kraymo@mrved.net) at the MRVED office to do so immediately.

MELT (MRVED Educators Learning Together)  will be held at Lac qui Parle Valley High School.  The conference has over 600 individuals registered with around 100 sessions throughout the day.

Please look over these important points regarding the conference:

  • You will enter through "Door #5" (follow the walkway to the left of the eagle statue).  
  • Please make sure you stop at the registration table in the commons area to pick up your registration packet (personalized agenda with session selections, room numbers, clock hours, and lunch ticket, if applicable).  It will be in the alcove (by the pop machines) to the right of the doors as you enter.  
  • Breakfast will be available when you arrive.  
  • The first session will start promptly at 8:40 a.m.
  • You are NOT able to switch sessions the day of the conference as the sessions become overcrowded and there may not be enough seating availability. 
  •  Please dress in layers; some rooms may be warm, while others may be cool.
  • If you are not eating the school lunch, please bring a bag lunch.  
  • There will be rooms available for nursing moms; please see Pam Weber in the high school principal's office for availability. 

If the weather is inclement, any cancellation or delay relating to MELT will be posted by 6:00 a.m. on the WCCO website under "Quicklinks/School Closings".  We will be listed under MRVED (just the initials).  This will also be posted on WCCO's TV channel (CBS) and our MRVED website (www.mrved.com) under "Latest News".

Please look for an email a couple days prior to the conference with more specific information regarding the day.

We are looking forward to a great conference!

#WeAreMRVED

Science MCA Test Specification Creation

This year a committee is drafting the test specifications for assessing the new standards. The test specifications document provides directions to the people who will write items for the new MCA. The first draft of the test specification will be available in mid-January. We want your feedback and input through the end of February. The link for the Test Specifications draft and feedback survey will be posted on the MDE Test Specifications webpage. The MCA IV will first be given in spring of 2024. (“MCA IV in ‘24”)

Book Study 

Sanctuaries

For the rest of the year we will be examining the book Sanctuaries by Dan Tricarico.  This book talks strictly about teacher self-care.  Next time we will take a look at the introduction and chapters 1 & 2.

About the Book
A sanctuary is a place of rest and refuge, of safety and sanity. It’s a state of being that enables you to escape the busyness of life. It’s a moment of self-care that puts you at ease. But if you’re like most teachers, that place often seems just out of reach.

In Sanctuaries, Dan Tricarico (author of The Zen Teacher) shares insights and strategies for making space in your busy life so you can be the teacher and person you want to be. You’ll learn how to . . .
  • Give yourself permission to take a break
  • Be truly present, even when life feels busy
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Develop systems that make life more manageable

Living in a constant state of “crazy-busy” doesn’t help anyone, least of all you. To be at your best for others, you must first be your own best self, which requires slowing down and becoming aware of–and tending to–your own needs. The simple, practical, and actionable steps Tricarico shares in this guide will empower you to create a sanctuary plan that allows you to experience more peace and less stress–starting today. If The Zen Teacher reminds you to take care of yourself, Sanctuaries shows you how.

Discover your sanctuary.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

MRVED Update - December 18, 2019

MRVED Business

Upcoming Meetings

January 7, 2020 - Community Education Directors
January 10, 2020 - Title III Paraprofessionals
January 20, 2020 - MELT @ LqPV High School
January 22, 2020 - Superintendents' Council
January 24, 2020 - Principals' Council
January 31, 2020 - Title III Teachers

MELT Information


Thank you to everyone who has already registered for MELT ~ we had close to 500 people registered in the first day!  Registration closes on Thursday, December 19th at 4:00 p.m.  If you have not registered, please do so today!

If you are hosting a student teacher this spring, please forward the registration information to them!  They need to also register using the registration link!

MELT 2020 Registration Link

If you have any questions regarding MELT 2020, please contact Katie Raymo at 320-269-9297 or kraymo@mrved.net.

Happy New Year

What do Teachers Really Do During the Holiday Break


I came across the article, "What do Teachers Really Do During the Holiday Break", from Teaching Channel.  It simply asks the question, "What do you do on your holiday break?"  It is evident that teachers need to take the time for themselves during the holiday break and not feel guilty about it.

Classroom Resource

Native Knowledge 360°

Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°) provides educators and students with new perspectives on Native American history and cultures. Most Americans have only been exposed to part of the story, as told from a single perspective through the lenses of popular media and textbooks. NK360° provides educational materials and teacher training that incorporate Native narratives, more comprehensive histories, and accurate information to enlighten and inform teaching and learning about Native America. NK360° challenges common assumptions about Native peoples—their cultures, their roles in United States and world history, and their contributions to the arts, sciences, and literature. NK360° offers a view that includes not only the past but also the richness and vibrancy of Native peoples and cultures today.

Book Study

Lead Like a Pirate - Chapter 20-26 & Conclusion

The last section of the book is titled "Be a Better Captain".  We will paraphrase the last 6 chapters of the book and offer a conclusion to wrap up our book study on Lead Like a Pirate by Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf.

The last section of the book provides practical advice on how to be a better leader.  My favorite quote from this section comes right at the beginning, "You never actually arrive at greatness; it's a moving target, a lifelong pursuit" (Burgess, 186).  We want to be great, we want our teachers to be great, we want our school to be great, etc... But we also need to realize that if we see greatness as an end, once we achieve it, we'll never have anything else to shoot for.  Greatness is a moving target, so we should always be trying to reach it!

You also need to surround yourself with supportive people.  Often times as a leader, you are left on a pedestal all by yourself.  It can be a lonely place.  One of the best places you can surround yourself with support is Twitter.  Believe it or not, Twitter is a great place to grow your own Professional Learning Network (PLN).  Twitter can be a place where you can connect with some of the best people in your field.  It gives you direct access to those people.  It also gives you an avenue to grow professionally with articles and links.  There are so many powerful things on Twitter, that if you are not on it, give it a try today!

Conclusion
After reading Teach Like a Pirate (TLAP), I initially thought Lead Like a Pirate (LLAP) was going to be much of the same.  I liked TLAP, but wanted something different.  Lead Like a Pirate offers some of the same concepts, but shines a whole new light on things.  It is well worth the read, even if you haven't read TLAP.  If you have read TLAP, you will enjoy LLAP.  Any education leader should read this book.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

MRVED Update - December 4, 2019

MRVED Business


Upcoming Meetings


December 6, 2019 - Title III Teachers' Meeting
December 11, 2019 - MRVED Board Meeting (6:00 p.m.)
December 12, 2019 - Teachers' Advisory Council Meeting
December 13, 2019 - Principals' Council Meeting
December 18, 2019 - Superintendents' Council Meeting

MELT 2020 Information

The MELT brochure will be sent out tomorrow, December 5th.  The registration link will open on Tuesday, December 10th at 7:30 a.m.  Your principal will forward you the email with the brochure and registration link.  Principals, please keep your eyes out for this email and send it out as soon as possible.  The registration link will also be available on our MRVED website under "Latest News" - www.mrved.com.

We typically have 400-500 teachers register on the first day!  Please make sure you register early to try and ensure you are able to attend your top session choices.  In each session description, it will be indicated if it meets a particular relicensure area.  

If you will be hosting a student teacher this spring, please forward the registration information to them!  They will need to register with the same registration link.

Professional Development

Impact Education Conference

The Impact Education Conference, formally TIES Conference, will be happening December 14-17 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis.  If you are not able to attend, follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #ImpactEDU19.  Twitter is a great place to be able to follow along with all the happenings of the conference.  Great resources are always shared, as well as takeaways from the keynotes.  With over a week to go there is already a great collaborative conversation happening behind the scenes.

Share My Lesson

Many teachers use Teachers Pay Teachers to find excellent teaching resources.  TPT is a great site and has some awesome things on it!  Share My Lesson is a similar site, but offers materials for free.  The TPT quality might be a little better, but SML has some great ideas that might spur your own creative thinking.

Book Study

Lead Like a Pirate - Chapters 18 & 19

Chapter 18 and 19 are all about having effective conversations and how powerful words can be.  These two chapters resonated with me as I have read a number of articles and books on having effective conversations, namely Jim Knight's book title Better Conversations.  The gist of the chapter is about how can we help people move forward through our words and conversations.

In Lead Like a Pirate, they talk about the nature & hierarchy of a school really make it difficult from the start to have effective conversations.  This is because most of the professional conversations are centered around observations that are typically used for evaluation.  Teachers and administrators have the "fix-it" attitude.  The administrator wants to "fix" deficiencies in their teaching.  One of my favorite lines comes on page 142, "...nobody wants to be fixed" (Burgess & Houf, 142).  Nobody wants to be fixed, but people want to get better.  There is a stark difference in those two statements.  LLAP mentions that if we are going to help people get better, we have to have a good professional conversation or ANCHOR conversation as outlined in LLAP.

There are three goals of an ANCHOR conversation
1. We want our crew to know we value them while engaging in conversation.
2. After the conversation we want our crew believing we added value.
3. We want our conversations to push practice forward.
A - Appreciation
N - Notice the Impact
C - Collaborative Conversations
H - Honor Voice and Choice
O - Offer Support
R - Reflection

For sake of wanting you to read the book and this chapter, I'm not going to dig into great detail of each part, but it is well worth the read.

Chapter 19 talks about the power of words and provides some suggestions on how to avoid some of the major pitfalls of leaders and their words.  As a leader, you lose the ability to think out loud.  The minute you start providing your input and ideas, it can stifle creativity and participation.  The suggestion LLAP gives is to make sure leaders talk last and simply craft questions to lead others through their thinking.  Think of a time when you were in a setting where the leader shared their idea first.  What happened?  Now think of a time where the leader provided their suggestion last.  What happened?  There are other suggestions in this chapter, but the one other aspect to talk about is to "remove judgement language from your feedback".  Judgement language builds walls.  This is where resistance comes in.  "I wish you would...I didn't like...If only"...are all sentence stems that bring judgement into the conversation.  Avoid these at all costs!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

MRVED Update - November 20, 2019

MRVED Business


Upcoming Meetings


November 17, 2019 - Superintendents' Council Meeting
December 3, 2019 - Community Education Directors' Meeting
December 6, 2019 - Title III Teachers' Meeting
December 11, 2019 - MRVED Board Meeting (6:00 p.m.)
December 12, 2019 - Teacher Advisory Meeting
December 13, 2019 - Principals' Council Meeting
December 18, 2019 - Superintendents' Council Meeting

MELT Update:  January 20, 2020


MELT 2020 is quickly approaching and the MRVED staff has been working hard to ensure everyone has a beneficial educational conference!   There are approximately 30 sessions to choose from each hour.  As always, there are numerous new sessions offered this year, as well as some favorite sessions from years past.  Some groups will also have an opportunity to network.  

Please note that there will be a 'Cultural Competency Training'.  This is a new session and is a two hour session that will be offered once in the morning and once in the afternoon.  This will fill up fast!  Seating is limited and the session will be closed once it reaches maximum capacity.   

Registration:  
The MELT brochure will be sent to you on Thursday, December 5th.  The registration link will open on Tuesday, December 10th at 7:30 a.m.  Your principal will forward you the email with the brochure and registration link.  Principals, please keep your eyes out for this email and send it out as soon as possible.  The registration link will also be available on our MRVED website under "Latest News" - www.mrved.com.


Again, we CANNOT stress enough the importance of registering as early as possible.  Once you register for your sessions, you WILL NOT be able to switch sessions.  With over 650 registrants, it becomes difficult to make all of those changes correctly.  Thank you for your understanding!

English Language Arts Standards Update:


1st Draft of New Minnesota ELA Standards

The First Draft of the English Language Arts (ELA) Standards represents the work of the ELA Standards review committee. This group of 32 individuals includes K-12 teachers, administrators, college faculty, representatives of educational organizations, and community members. The committee membership, timeline and assumptions that guide their work are found on the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) ELA webpage, [https://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/stds/ela/].

We encourage you to provide feedback and comments about this draft of the standards via the online feedback survey from November 11 – December 6. Town Hall Meetings are scheduled at several locations across the state. These meetings provide background about the standards revision process and provide an opportunity for input. The survey and the meeting schedule are posted at the above link.

The second draft of the standards will be published in February and the final draft will be available in May. The final draft will be available for planning purposes and the standards become law through the Minnesota rulemaking process. More information on the standards development process is at the MDE English Language Arts (ELA) webpage linked above.

Minnesota Statutes require that there be statements of standards and benchmarks. Anchor Standards are a summary description of student learning. The Kindergarten - Grade 12 benchmarks identify the learning that is to be accomplished by all students by the end of each grade.

Professional Development


SEL Movies

If you are looking for something inspiring to watch this holiday season, Love Them First by KARE11 and Paper Tigers are two excellent movies that will pull at your heart strings.

Love Them First
With unprecedented access over the course of a year, Love Them First: Lessons from Lucy Laney Elementary follows the determination of a charismatic north Minneapolis school principal, Mauri Melander Friestleben, as she sets out to undo history. Not only does Minnesota have the largest achievement gap between black and white children in the United States, Friestleben faced another seemingly impossible obstacle, with Lucy Laney at the bottom of the state's list of underperforming schools for two decades. Under Friestleben's leadership, standardized test scores from most black students began rising for the first time, but when the school encounters a heartbreaking setback, Friestleben is forced to confront the true measure of student success at Lucy Laney. It's a story of inspiration, heartbreak, perseverance, and the power of love.


Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence, and disease that affect families.


Book Study


Lead Like a Pirate - Chapters 13-17

As we continue through Lead Like a Pirate, this is a reminder that my synopsis of the chapters in no way should take away from reading the book.  This is simply my thoughts on each chapter in hopes of getting you to think and reflect on your own leadership style.

Chapter 13 is all about change.  How do we change without capsizing our ship?  This is a question all leaders ask themselves.  How much & what type of change can my organization endure before the ship tips?  George Couros says in the Innovator's Mindset that "Change is an opportunity to do something amazing".  Any time we introduce something new, whether it be in the classroom or districtwide, we need to be deliberate about our steps and clear about our goals and expectations.  If you don't have the trust of your crew, then you need to work that much harder to help them see the end.  A crew that has trust in a captain, will blindly follow.  But a crew that doesn't trust the captain, needs to see what the end looks like.

Chapter 14 was a quick read.  It talks about putting faces and stories to the data and/or change you are trying to implement.  Think about a time when you were in a staff meeting and someone was throwing around data at you like crazy...25% of our kids are ELL, 30% are SPED, etc...  In order for people to get emotionally tied to the data, we have to put faces and stories to these numbers.  That is what will motivate people to change...stories and people, not numbers.

Chapter 15 is all about utilizing social media to tell your story.  This is a topic I have had numerous conversations around.  The number one thing I tell people, and it is reiterated in Lead Like a Pirate is, "If you aren't telling your own story, other people will".  Control your story as a school, as a classroom, as an activity.  Show and tell people what you are doing.  Because if you don't, other people will and it might not be the story you want told.  I think it goes without being said that any social media platform is a good place to tell your story.

Chapter 16 & 17 talk about doing what is best for kids and professional development.  Bottom line, we must be doing things that are in the best interest of our clientele, the kids.  I once heard a quote that made me really stop and think, "School was created for kids to get an education, not for adults to be employed".  Whether it's bringing in the latest PBIS strategy or sitting through a professional development session on bloodborne pathogens, everything must be done with a "kids first" mentality.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

MRVED Update - November 6, 2019

MRVED Business

Upcoming Meetings

November 13, 2019 - Community Education Directors
November 15, 2019 - Principals' Council & Teacher Advisory Council Joint Meeting
November 27, 2019 - Superintendents' Council

MELT Information

The annual MELT conference is fast approaching and the MRVED has been busy making arrangements for the big day!  The MELT will be held on January 20, 2020 at the LqPV High School.  Registration will open on December 10, 2019 and will close on December 19, 2019.  Please remember to register early as sessions will fill up fast!!  There are new sessions offered this year as well as some popular sessions from years past.  Some groups will also have the opportunity to network.

We will be sending out the MELT brochure a couple days prior to sending out the open registration link.  This allows people to set their schedule (and alternative sessions if your top sessions are full) and read through the descriptions prior to registering.  This seems to work well.  

The MELT brochure will be sent to you on Thursday, December 5th.  The registration link will open on Tuesday, December 10th at 7:30 a.m.  Your principal will forward you the email with the brochure and registration link.  Principals, please keep your eyes out for this email and send it out as soon as possible.  The registration link will also be available on our MRVED website under "Latest News" - www.mrved.com.

We CANNOT stress enough the importance of registering as early as possible.  Some sessions fill quickly; therefore, the later you register, the greater the risk of not being able to get into those sessions.  Once you register for your sessions, you will not be able to switch sessions.  With over 650 registrants, it becomes difficult making all of those changes correctly.  Thank you for your understanding.

MELT Networking Facilitators Sign-Up

The MRVED is looking for facilitators of networking groups  As a facilitator you are not expected to be the expert in the room, but rather move the discussion along.  The goal of a networking group is to share resources and ideas with people who have the same interests.  They are meant to include a "give & take".  Bring something to share and take something away that someone else shared.  The only networking groups that will be offered are those that have a willing facilitator.  If a networking group does not have a facilitator, it will not be held!  If you would like to sign up, please click the link below and add your name to the list next to the group you would like to facilitate.  The networking sign up will close at 3:00 PM on November 21.  If you have any questions or cannot access the form, please contact Brandon (braymo@mrved.net)

MELT NETWORKING FACILITATOR SIGN UP LINK

Professional Development - New Science Standards

The Minnesota Department of Education will provide webinars and workshops on the new Science Standards to help districts, schools, teachers, administrators, informal educators and other science education providers prepare to implement the new science standards. This message and any updates are at: http://bit.ly/ScienceWorkshops2019. For questions contact John.C.Olson@state.mn.us 651-582-8673.

Webinars: Introducing the 2019 Minnesota Science Standards

This one-hour webinar will include the foundational ideas that informed the standards, the structure of the standards, and a suggested timeline for implementation. Upon registration the connection information will be sent via email.

Nov. 21, 8 a.m. Registration link
Nov. 21, 3:30 p.m. Registration link

Workshops: Preparing to Implement the New Science Standards

The 2019 K-12 Minnesota Science Standards envision new approaches to teaching and learning science. Learn about the pedagogy associated with the new standards, the timeline for implementation, and ways to prepare to teach the standards. This workshop is targeted for K-12 teachers of science and other science educators. John Olson, Science Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Education, will facilitate this workshop.

The tentative agenda is:
  • Foundational ideas that informed the new standards
  • Example of instruction
  • Development and organization of MN standards
  • Analyzing a benchmark and selecting phenomena for instruction
  • Implementation timeline for the new standards
  • Resources
There is no fee for the workshop, however no food is provided. So bring beverages, snacks and lunch if needed. Bring a laptop or tablet to access the slides, standards, and resources.

There is a facility limit to the number of people that can attend, so registration is first come/first served. Registration closes three business days before the event or when full. Persons registered by one week in advance will receive directions to the facility and the agenda. Registration Form, For questions contact John.C.Olson@state.mn.us 651-582-8673

Current list of Confirmed Workshops:

Nov. 18, 8 AM - noon - Roseville, Minnesota Department of Education
Dec. 2, 9 AM - 3 PM - Rochester, Southeast Service Cooperative
Dec. 3, 9 AM - 3 PM - Redwood Falls - FULL, Registration closed
Dec. 4, 9 AM - 3 PM - Redwood Falls Community Center
Dec. 6, 9 AM - 3 PM - Mankato, Southcentral Service Cooperative
Dec. 9, 9 AM - 3 PM - Fergus Falls, Lakes Country Service Cooperative
Dec. 10, 9 AM - 3 PM - Thief River Falls, Northwest Service Cooperative
Dec. 11, 9 AM - 3 PM - Staples, Sourcewell
Dec. 12, 9 AM - 3 PM - Mountain Iron, Northeast Service Cooperative
Dec. 16, 9 AM - 3 PM - Roseville, Minnesota Department of Education

To be determined
  • St. Cloud area
  • SW metro area (a Saturday workshop)

Book Study

Lead Like a Pirate - Chapters 10-12

Chapters 10 & 11 talk primarily about people.  Shelley Burgess, similarly to Dave Burgess, talks about putting the importance in the people, not the programs.  As ultimately, it is the people that need to work with the programs and carry though with the programs.  The programs, curriculum, etc... are only successful because of the people.  There is a great quote from chapter 10 that says, "programs don't teach kids; teachers do, and teachers are capable of making magic happen for kids" (Burgess, 94).

Chapter 11 talks about getting the right people on the ship.  This is crucial in anything you do with a team.  Burgess talks at length about filling openings with the right people and using good interview questions to see which candidates rise to the top.  If we take this out of the school setting, we can see the importance of putting the right people on the ship with you in any team task.  It's not only important for them to be on the ship, but they must also know where they are headed.  This can be accomplished by setting a clear mission/vision and being very explicit in your goals.

Chapter 12 was one of the most impactful chapters for me.  It's all about managing time.  The title of the chapter is "If it's important...make time for it".  A common excuse/reason I hear, and have said myself is, "I don't have time for that".  What is really being said is, "I don't think that is important, therefore I am not going to designate time for it".  Because if something was truly important, and there was value in it, time would be made for it.  It seems as though our schedules are all jam-packed with professional and personal obligations.  If we were to examine our time more wisely, or learn to creatively schedule, there really is time in your schedule somewhere.  I was watching an episode of Shark Tank recently and Robert Herjavec was talking about time management and was asked the question, "Why do you only sleep 3-4 hours a night", his answer was simple "because everything I do is important and I want to get it all in every day".  He is finding time for the things that are important in his life.