Cardinal CSD recently made the decision to add high speed Internet on our bus fleet. My school board vetted the idea and decided that the need was there for our students. The 3 main reasons the board cited were:
- Many of our students ride up to 2 hours a day on the bus because of our rural bus routes.
- Many students do not have access to high speed Internet because of low family income or lack of Internet infrastructure in our district.
- Our students would have access to Internet to help with school assignments especially on long activity trips during the week.
Change Is Scary
My post is not about convincing anyone about the merits of adding Wifi on school buses. I’m sure arguments could be made for both sides of this implementation. I do want to mention the challenges we face as leaders when moving into uncharted territory. I have posted a few of the nearly 60 comments that have been posted on KCCI Facebook page since the story aired last Friday. Please note the post by AJ Lewis:
Leaders must be prepared for harsh critics who see the world differently than you. Don’t take it personally and also believe in what you are doing.
My challenge to YOU!
Leading change takes guts and perseverance to challenge the status quo. Taking risks is what moves the human race forward. Some people will “call for your head,” while others will applaud you. It is always about doing what is best for kids! This thought will always guide you and allow you to take risks.
Remember to find your champions during the “dark days” of implementation. The post below is a champion post. Remember to look for champions like Jamie. By the way, I have never met Jamie Blakely but I appreciate her!
#Oneperson Action Item
As always, I leave you with an exercise that you can do with your school staff to help remind educators why we are in the business of making the world a better place.
A Toast for Culture
Starting a new initiative or has your school worked extremely hard to improve student achievement? If so, the toast for culture might be just what you need to do as the “Lead Learner” of your district of school.
- Find some plastic flute glasses. They are sold at most grocery stores.
- Order sparking grape juice (white or purple)
- Keep in mind that the store may pack your bottles in wine boxes because of the weight of the bottles… don’t panic!
- Have the glasses on the table and make an awesome toast. Don’t forget to Tweet out a picture.
- This is a great activity to start or end a professional development day.