Greetings from the LI PDRC Team! Summer is flying by! We hope you found time to relax and regenerate. As we near September, school leaders are busy preparing for the realities of reopening and planning for a variety of reopening plans. On July 27, NYSED released the New York State Reopening Guidance for Religious and Independent Schools. This comprehensive document offers direct guidance to support health and safety concerns, facilities guidance, potential scheduling, attendance, and more for reopening of religious and independent schools.
Leading & Thriving in Uncertain Times by Mitch Center
In our last leadership column, I discussed the need to pause, honor, and celebrate what you all went through during the spring in bringing your schools through an unprecedented season. I hope that everyone has found some time to mark the end of the year appropriately and that you have fortified yourself in new ways to prepare for what is coming. Maybe you have developed or continued an exercise practice, re-established healthy eating habits, or reconnected with some friends and family for a bit. These healthy habits and personal relationships are much needed, because let’s face it, what’s coming is a year that will challenge us all in new and unknown ways. You will have to change and adjust strategy and plans as landscapes shift, and you will have to grow and adapt in your roles as you bring your organization along with you. To sort through the complexity of these times, one place to turn to for support is Ronald Heifetz’s research and writing on Adaptive Leadership.
Adaptive leadership is, as described in Heifetz, Grashow, and Linsky’s The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing your Organization and the World, “the practice of mobilizing people to tackle tough challenges and thrive.” I love this definition and world view because it is not just about “getting through” or “staying afloat” in tough times, but about actively tackling and ultimately thriving. As school leaders, isn’t that what we all want for our students and staff?