Issues

Leadership

The Board of Education expects leaders emphasize honest relationships, value input from parents, teachers and students, make choices built on an ethical foundation, and promote openness. This involves being honest and straightforward in dealing with others. An authentic leader does not play games or have a hidden agenda, and solicits opposing viewpoints and considers all options before choosing a course of action. They admit mistakes and allow for mistakes as necessary for growth. Leaders give opportunities and credit to others and take ownership for all results. Leaders nurture and generate structures of support. Leaders will do the thing that is right, not just the right thing.

Leadership means the BOE is informed of current educational pedagogy and the political and economic factors influencing it. Leadership means holding the superintendent and administrators accountable, not just for quantified aspects of a school building but also to the design of leadership. Leadership means creating opportunities for parents, teachers and students to utilize their skills and talents.  Leadership means taking a position of service to the parents, teachers and students. Leadership also means to authentically demonstrate appreciation. BCPS does not have a program to recognize outstanding teachers.

Integrity

Gandhi – everything you think, feel, say, and do are in alignment. Another definition is: ”Nothing hidden, being truthful and honest, doing complete work, working from an empowering context, and doing very well what you do; doing it as it was meant to be done or better, and without cutting corners… Integrity resides in the ability to constitute yourself as your word, and be true to your principles. Integrity is not constrained by, nor does it reside in, rules, prescriptions, or imposed demands. Integrity creates an environment of freedom, power, and joy.”

Integrity means The Master Agreement is not just followed, it is promoted. Administrators are accountable. Integrity means safe schools are safe. Integrity means respecting educators as the classroom experts. Integrity means preparing students for life, not just graduation. Integrity means providing all students with equal educational opportunities. A student’s zip code should not be the determining factor for educational opportunity.

Focus

Knowing the difference between what’s important and what isn’t. Simplicity is an aspect of focus that it allows us to increase the quality of our work.  Sometimes we have to say no to new ideas or events, especially when we need to be focused on specific tasks. Focus is drawing distinctions and prioritizing with the understanding that there are limits. Focus is also a quality to foster in our students. Neurologists, experts on how the brain works, state that “multi-tasking” is jumping from one issue to another, resulting in diminished attention on each. Empowerment is a result of focus.

Focus means limiting the number of meetings and professional development days. Focus means being mindful of the number and expectations of new curricula, grading systems and technological updates and be open to input.

Focus means clarity in academic and behavioral expectations. Focus includes examining curricula.

Transparency

The BOE has the responsibility of stewardship with regards to money. The BOE has the responsibility to account for the programs and expenses of BCPS. This inherently requires visibility. Transparency requires opportunities for community participation. Transparency requires clarity. Members of the BOE are the ombudsman to the communities of education. Transparency means actions inconsistent with the commitments of BCPS will be sought out. A culture of mutual expectation and support for excellence is a function of transparency.  Empowerment is a function of transparency.

Transparency means bids are visible. Transparency means changes are the result of mindful examination of efficacy. New programs will be evaluated before and during implementation. Transparency means communities have the right to know the safety and physical conditions of schools. Transparency means communities have the right to know the leadership ability of school administrators. Transparency means there is a forum for parents, teachers and students to communicate concerns and ideas.

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