Monday, August 4, 2014 by Jethro Jones
The second half of my interview with Dr. Briscoe, the new superintendent of Canyons District.
- The strengths of Canyons school district.
- The importance of the involvement of families.
- We should try to do what we are doing even better. Teacher and principal input needs to be truly valued.
- Making sure everyone in the organization feels valued.
- Honoring the past before you build for the future.
- Principal qualities Dr. Briscoe is looking for: having a vision compared to implementing a vision. Humility. Accessible and visible. Patience. Admit mistakes. Regardless of the other person’s opinion, you need to respect the person and take their opinion or concern seriously.
- Focus on the vision and goal of your school, just take the time to meet with people and explain your rationale.
- Most of the time, if you explain what you’re thinking, the people who disagree are OK with your decision, even if they don’t agree with it.
- Don’t ask people for their input if you have already made your decision.
- How to deal with taking the hits: exercise, without your health, you can’t do anything.
- The importance of being recognizable. Walk up and introduce yourself to people out and about, and ask them if they have school-age kids.
- A school leader is a leader in the community. You must get out and meet with local clubs and groups.
- The benefit of being from a small district and being involved in every department in the district.
- How to be a transformative principal: Take a risk!
- What is in his office to keep him motivated? A poster that says, “If you don’t climb the mountain, you can’t enjoy the view.”