No matter an educators role, I believe it is imperative that we behave as professionals and establish this expectation among our students, colleagues, superiors, and subordinates. Whether you're an assistant superintendent, principal, or teacher, I challenge you to think about your professional orientation with mindful reflection on the following questions.
- Are you open to collaborative problem solving, or do you prefer to mandate and direct?
- Does your leadership cultivate open discussion, or are you quick to silence those who ask questions or offer an alternative approach?
- Is your district, school, or classroom truly a democratic one, or do you simply talk the talk about U.S. public education being a democratic institution?
I'm interested in your thoughts about each of the above questions, so please post a comment to join the discussion.