A Thanksgiving Centered on Love

I am often quoted as saying, “I love my job.” I love what I do. I love the opportunity to lead this dedicated, talented team. I love the challenge of preparing over 16,000 young people to be the next generation of America’s leaders. On this Thanksgiving weekend we have an opportunity to pause, to get our minds focused on what’s most important to us, and to share with those in our lives. Read More

Feeding our Hilliard Families

This year many of our schools held food drives to help feed families in our area this thanksgiving. We are proud to announce that we were able to provide more than 1000 bags filled with food. Each bag was stuffed with all the fixings for a thanksgiving meal. The Hilliard United Methodist Church donated certificates for families to purchase turkeys as well. Congratulations to Heritage Middle School and Crossing Elementary for bringing in the most bags. They will be treated to lunch donated by Flyers Pizza and Subs and Chick-Fil-A. Preparing students to be Ready for Tomorrow means teaching them the power of the team, and what we can do to help our community when we work together.

Embracing the Complexity of Education

For generations we have summarized student performance in school with report cards. Parents hung them on the refrigerator, students sweated the final assignments of a quarter, and teachers would add handwritten comments.

However, our performance in school was evaluated by more than the grade . . . it was the communication between the teachers and the parents. It was the teacher’s comments; it was the conversations at conferences.

The performance of an entire school district is complex; it can’t be reduced to a simple report card. Yes, we must have accountability, we must measure performance, and we must continue to pursue improvement. You will get no argument from me about assessments and performance measures, but we must embrace the complexity of our work. Read More

Health Professionals Academy

There are eleven juniors and seniors with an interest in the health care field working at the ILC in the Health Professionals Academy. These students have interests anywhere from dental hygienist to paramedic to orthopedic surgeon. During a vital signs clinic the students were able to gain practical experience taking vital signs. They spent time in class learning what the vital signs are, the normal ranges, and various factors affecting each measurement. Students used standard blood pressure cuffs as well as an electronic cuff to obtain readings. Preparing students to be Ready for Tomorrow means giving them opportunities to practice skills in real world settings.

Elimination of BCD – Blame, Complain, Defend

In his book, Above the Line, Ohio State Football Coach Urban Meyer shares, “My advice to leaders: ruthlessly eliminate BCD. Instead of accountability, BCD creates a culture of excuse making and victimization – things that are toxic for your organization and performance.”

BCD – blame, complain, and defend – is often an immediate first reaction when we are confronted with difficult situations. For some, BCD has become a habit. It has become a default way of reacting to challenging events. But as Coach Meyer explains, “BCD has never solved a problem, achieved a goal, or improved a relationship. Stop wasting your time and energy on something that will never help you.” Read More

Girls on the Run

Many of our elementary schools participate in Girls on the Run each year. The Girls on the Run Program not only encourages each participant to finish a 5K run, it also teaches the girls how to get along well with others, how to be a good friend and how to handle difficult situations that they will encounter in life. Congrats to all of the girls for finishing the 5k on Saturday. Preparing students to be Ready for Tomorrow means giving them the tools to grow into successful community members. We are proud of them and also thankful to all of the parents and running buddies for their support.