It’s absolutely been life changing. I'm home for family. I'm a better administrator. I finally can talk about vision, start implementing things and work on the culture of the building. It's absolutely related to The Breakthrough Coach because I'm out in the classroom three days a week. That is a huge turnaround. It's almost incomprehensible.
If you're looking to do capacity-building within your building, to distribute leadership responsibility, The Breakthrough Coach is a way to train and create a relationship with your secretary. Doing that allows you to do the educational leadership things the state is evaluating you on as a school leader.
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.
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 Breakthrough Coach has enabled me to engage in activities designed to empower everyone in the educational community to reach their full potential. I have the time, the energy and the intentional focus to empower every stakeholder to focus on the learner.
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.
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.
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."
For me, having a personal coach was two pronged. 1) I wanted to do a better job and spend more time in the classrooms. 2) I also wanted to have tools in my toolbox to support my building principals who were implementing the FundamentalsTM as well.
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.