Policies and legislation may call for safe environments, but it is the heart of the educator leading and teaching students that will make the most difference.
Schools are learning organizations in which everyone is a learner so they must be environments that call for foundational trust.
Are we serving the children or are we serving ourselves or do we even know who is being served by perpetuating the old way?
Today's educational leader is most often called to keep one eye on her/his educated belief about the horizon line and the harbor and the other on the community she/he serves to attend and strengthen the coalition of followers.
When a crisis arises, be it big or small, it is the heart and soul of the leader that shines through. But always with a price paid.
As educators, we have accepted a responsibility to educate the future generation.
Detroit's problem ultimately is our problem. It can teach a lesson about patience and acceptance gone too far.
The school leader who doesn't know her and his own heart will be unable to understand the reactions others have to actions and decisions.
To step away from seeing oneself as needing improvement to seeing oneself as a contributor to the improvement of the students' experience is a system-wide advantage.
STEM as the lever shifts the system into a 21st learning system. It depends on the leader developing the vision for the district, the landscape on which these changes can happen.