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Leadership Without Listening

September 26, 2012

I’ve had questions from readers wanting more information about Superintendent Barresi’s Leadership Advisory Council that was held Friday in Oklahoma City. I am in possession of an agenda from the meeting, which I have scanned and included below. I am not in possession of a list of the Superintendents who were invited to serve, however. I can say that they came from all parts of the state, and they came with questions in hand.

As the agenda shows, the day was tightly planned down to the minute and the morsel. SDE staff would not entertain questions about finances. The welcome did not include introductions of those in attendance. The policy discussion was more of a lecture. The A-F suggestions were laughable. The open Q & A was contentious and unproductive.

Superintendents were seated in table groups with an SDE attorney in each group to facilitate discussions. Participants were reluctant to follow the expected discussion protocol. They wanted their questions answered. SDE staff actually left the room at one point to regroup.

After lunch, a vendor from out-of-state spoke about how the Value Added Measurement (VAM) might work when the quantitative piece is added to TLE. Maybe he wasn’t around for the morning, because he took questions. Suffice it to say that didn’t go well either.

I question whether anything was gained at this soirée. You actually have to give people a chance to talk before you can ignore them. In any case, I hope the buffet lunch was good.

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  1. Teacher's Husband
    September 27, 2012 at 10:13 am

    The first thing I notice is the short session for people who have come from all over the state. Looks like a sour taste was left in people’s mouths. Come a goodly distance and no chance for input and Q&A…Ugh. A bad business meeting by any regular standard.


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