MASA Feature www.gomasa.org 17 If the economic resources aren’t available to purchase profes-sional assistance, connections with other educational leaders in Michigan can be very helpful, especially if they are of similar size and culture. Using other interested parties within your school system, such as teachers, support staff, administrators, board members, and community members, can also help create a more global view. Synthesis of Data Educational systems without laser-focus will not hit targets. Once data begins to tell a story, the preferred future of where the district will go must be boiled down to the most important goals that will help the system arrive there. Two or three goals should be the maximum, with a shelf life of three to five years. They should also be easily recalled in one or two words. The details of the goals may be a long and complex sentence for a plaque on the wall, but the most effective goals will be easily summarized. If everyone knows the direction, and they can quickly reference it, then they are more likely to apply the goals to their world. The more eyes you can have look at the goals in the setup phase, the more likely quality systems can be put in place to carry out those goals. Implementation and Execution Once you have the system’s goals for the next three to five years, the real work begins! The leader still has to plan years ahead of the system so each vision can build on the next. They must also lead with a core set of operational principles that never change from vision to vision: ours are the seven principles found in Good to Great. Once the vision is cast, start setting up monitoring systems, check on progress throughout the months and years, and adjust accordingly as progress ebbs and flows. The key to achieving useful and productive goals that inspire forward momentum for an organization is in the setup: casting the correct vision for the district shouldn’t be complex, just effective. Dr. Curtis Finch is superintendent of Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter @CFinchMOISD. Does your home insurance protect you at school? Ours does. Our home policy offers personal liability coverage extended to school administrator employment. And that’s just one example of how our coverages are all about educators. We also offer coverage for personal property at school, and school equipment at home. Ask us about our custom-designed auto insurance, as well. Educators Get More From Meemic • SAVINGS up to 35% • Claims service excellence: 97% of members are likely to refer someone to Meemic following a claims experience* • Meemic was grown by referrals: 71% of new Meemic members were referred by other highly satisfied members!** $500,000 for Educators in 2016 The Meemic Foundation has given nearly $2 million to educators and classrooms, and we’re giving a total of $500,000 in 2016 alone! That kind of commitment speaks volumes about why we’re different. *Based on a 2014 survey of Meemic members. **Based on 2015 member referral rate.
MASA Leader - Fall 2016
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