Dr. Philip Lanoue (2015 National Superintendent of the Year):
Our Children’s Success is Our Responsibility.
Getting it right – that is ensuring the success all children – is the primary responsibility of the adults. However, the substantive changes that create new opportunities for children to be successful in their world will only occur when the adults take risks themselves that start by engaging in the right conversations.
It must become a new day for children where organizations are prepared to be flexible and collaborative and where communities as a whole care deeply about their children’s’ health and success. Learning environments extend past the school walls and the school day therefore creating a very different perspective on the role of existing organizations. Effective learning environments can only be created when the adults get it right by changing their practices through understanding the needs of children and designing strong advocacy networks that support children from where they are to where they want to go.
Mr. Frank DeAngelis:
Any Given Day: Leadership Lessons from Columbine and Beyond.
“Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst…a spark that creates extraordinary results.” (anon). The tragedy at Columbine redefined the nation. Frank DeAngelis tells his story from the events to the aftermath. This presentation reveals the leadership lessons he learned in the focus of an international fire storm.
This blunt straight-forward account provides invaluable insights into managing the after-crisis with students, staff members, community members and never ending media attention.
A positive attitude and a passion for his job, allowed him to work at Columbine from 1979 to 2014. He shares how he was able to build a community that worked together for his kids; the students at Columbine High School. The take-aways from this presentation should be required for every leader in the nation. Frank retired in June of 2014 after spending 35 years at Columbine High School.