Educational Equity Newsletter – May 13, 2021
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Finishing Strong: Practices to End Well and Learn From This SY!
Can you believe the last 6 weeks of the 2021 School Year are within view?
If you’re like many of the leaders we work with, you’re navigating the desire to maximize what’s left of the school year and the reality that your team (and students) are setting their eyes on summer.
Here’s our advice for you as you seek to make the most of the next few months with your team:
Reprioritize to do less, but better.
Rather than push through and try to do it all, now is the time to zero in on the 1-3 goals for the remainder of the school year. Even if you aren’t on a school-year schedule, take this opportunity to reemphasize what the focus is and empower team members to work with their managers on “stop doing” or “pause for now” lists to allow for refined focus on key goals.
Develop an end-of-year project plan and timeline, share it often, and keep it current.
Make sure everyone on the team understands the path and milestones as you move through the next six weeks by developing a shared timeline and project plan. Track progress against that plan with leaders weekly, and ask them to roll that practice down to their teams.
Tip: It’s sometimes helpful to set a theme for the key phases or weeks, so everyone knows what’s priority when.
Build in time and mechanisms for reflection and learning.
The best time to reflect on the school year is as it’s happening; the second best time is right now. Ask teams and individuals to reflect on what went well, what didn’t, and what lessons they’d like to take to the 2022 School Year. Save those documents, and put time on the calendar to revisit later. For more information on debriefing your equity work, check out this previous newsletter article!
Secure your spot in a Summer 2021 training!
This summer, take the opportunity to build your management skills. Registration is open for Summer 2021 and spots are filling up fast! Whether you’re new to management, learning to give effective feedback, or working to apply an equity mindset across all areas, we have something for you and your team.
Small groups and individuals can find open-registration courses on our website here.
For larger groups and organizations (15 people or more), we have openings for in-house trainings during July and August. Led by practitioners and leaders in the field of education, these trainings provide tools to achieve large-scale impact through management best practices and strategies. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule.