The Superintendent's Student Advisory Council
- The Importance of Violence Prevention and Fostering a Positive School Community Spirit
- Empowering Students: Teaching, Coaching, and Enhancing Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution Skills
- Raising Awareness about Human Trafficking
- Building School and Community Connections through Service Projects
- Empowering Youth: Developing Programs and Activities that Promote Volunteerism and Community Engagement
- Understanding the Consequences of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, and Similar Substance Use
- Early Identification of Mental Health Symptoms, Substance Use, and Violence, and Navigating Appropriate Referrals for Individual or Group Counseling Services from School-Based Mental Health Providers.
- October 13, 2023 - Portable #1
- November 10, 2023 - Portable #1
- December 8, 2023 - Portable #1
- January 19, 2024 - Portable #1
- February 9, 2024 - Portable #1
- March 22, 2024 - Portable #1
- April 12, 2024 - Portable #1
- May 10, 2024 - Portable #1
October: Ten Commitments of a Great Leader
To become a truly exceptional leader, you must make certain commitments. We refer to these as the Ten Commitments of a Great Leader. While each of these ten commitments holds its own importance, you can simplify them down to one core principle: "WE BEFORE ME." This also serves as a useful memory aid for the ten commitments, which are: Work Ethic, Empathy, Belief, Energy, Friendship Over Fandom, Open-Handedness, Responsibility, Effort, Motivation, and Excellence. To become a great leader, always keep in mind: "WE BEFORE ME."
November: Building Your Core Values
What forms the firm foundation upon which great teams are built? Your core values. When leaders, teams, and organizations know who they are and what they stand for, it provides an unshakeable foundation. On this solid ground of your core values, your group can develop talent, skills, and strategies, to achieve success. However, before you can lead a team or organization to discover its core values, you must first establish a strong foundation for yourself.
December: Self-Care for Leaders
Life and leadership are fast-paced. Sometimes, the pace is so rapid that you might feel you don't have time to rest. However, if you neglect self-care and fail to recharge, you won't be able to sustain the journey. Think of it like a truck on the highway—if you don't stop for gas occasionally, you'll end up stranded on the side of the road. To endure the long haul in life and leadership, you must learn to prioritize self-care.
January: Tough Leaders Win
We live in a world that values convenience, but leadership isn't always easy. Resistance is what builds strength and makes achieving our goals possible. If we consistently shy away from difficult situations, truths, or conversations, we are essentially rejecting our own goals. Instead of avoiding challenges, let's learn how to embrace them.
February: Healing Hurt, Building Unity, and Overcoming Adversity
Whenever people gather, differences of opinion and occasional conflicts are inevitable. Leadership can be challenging due to these differences. How can leaders handle such situations? How can we bring people together and recognize that our differences are sources of strength? Drawing from my Wall Street Journal bestselling book, "The Locker Room," and its companion guide workbook, we will explore real-world situations involving differences, conflicts, and divisions. We will discuss how leaders can promote healing and unity.
March: Having Difficult Conversations
Leaders call out their peers because they care too much to allow them to perform below their best. Love is the reason why you should hold your friends to the highest standards. As uncomfortable as it may be, if you genuinely care about your teammates and friends, you must call out behavior that falls short of the standard. You must speak up.
April: Self-Talk Mastery
No matter who you are, the words you choose matter. Your words can move others to tears, inspire personal growth, encourage teammates in tough times, or steer them away from harm. Words hold immense power, whether in speeches, books, or everyday conversations. As leaders, how we speak to ourselves about our circumstances shapes our leadership style and the experiences of those we lead. Leaders must learn to engage in positive and accurate self-talk to lead effectively.
May: Building Confidence
Confidence and humility are two sides of the same coin. The key is understanding what your team needs from you. Do they require your confidence and charisma, or do they need your humility and support? Learning how to adapt your leadership style to meet your team's specific needs involves surrendering control, gaining experience in confidence and humility, and gaining self-awareness. These elements will help you become the kind of confident leader your team needs.