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Our District…

November 15, 2011
In a recent Principal Leadership article, Utica Ford high-school principal Steven Beyer noted that he cringes when he hears school leaders refer to My building or My school or My teachers.
“Principals might be responsible for the school’s achievement results,” he says, “but the school doesn’t belong to its principal. It belongs to the students, the parents, and the community members, and they’re the only people who should use my when describing a school.”
He suggests using the word our instead – “a subtle change in language and mind-set that can help build a collaborative culture. We – students, parents, and staff members – need one another’s support to make our vision of improved student achievement a reality.”
The same thing happens at the superintendent level.  It’s important to remember the district belongs to the community – not any one individual.
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