We're seeing major progress in closing the achievement gap because our principals have spent the time in classrooms, recognizing that's their job. Having a focus on instructional leadership and providing principals tools to do that without burning them out I think has been a critical reason why we're finding the success in our district.
I have never encountered something that in two days has the power to change both personally and professionally how you operate, live your life, the results you get and the impact it has on you and others. You will develop your team and you'll bring balance to your life.
We get three or four returning teams for 2-Day each year. With 35 teams, that's almost 10 percent. What they tell me is, "I found so much value three or four years ago, I wanted my new secretary to go through it with me."
The Breakthrough Coach gave our principals permission to have a personal life. They were healthier, happier and doing a better job. The secretaries felt much more valued and much more a part of what the mission of the district was. It was not only a win for me and our principals, the secretaries were finally feeling validated and valued.
We're hitting a perfect storm right now – Common Core, a new assessment system and a new teacher evaluation system – but because of the structure of the Breakthrough principles and the support I get from my Coach, we're weathering the storm. I honestly believe we are on the track to a significant breakthrough in student performance because of how we're managing all these things.
The Personalized Coaching was a great example of what being a coach is: listening, seeing the deficiencies, giving advice, and then letting you try to practice the strategies. There weren’t a lot of directives. It felt more like critical friends, someone who has already been there and knows where you’re headed.
It’s a lifeline for administrators who feel like they’re drowning. They don’t have to stay at work till 9 o’clock and come in at 6:00 am anymore. And, it’s not just administrators who benefit from this, the kids benefit.
Day 3 is a chance for you to take a breath, revisit what you're doing and how you're doing it. You spend time with your secretary to operationalize the most important elements of the Breakthrough Coach Fundamentals™. There is ample opportunity to talk with colleagues, share winning strategies and work through the challenges we all face.
Implementing the Breakthrough Coach successfully in a district means continuous involvement and coaching. Day 1 and Day 2 sets the practices in motion. Day 3 reveals where we all are on the “continuum” of implementation. It’s essential. It’s also important to remember the Breakthrough Coach is ongoing professional growth that not only improves your professional life, it improves your personal life.
Day 3 is the next level. At Day 3 you’re able to take the time to make changes and hear from other colleagues. You get advice on steps they’ve taken you haven’t tried yet. It’s truly beneficial because when one of your peers has been successful, you’re more willing to try it.