Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The To-Do List for Successful Diocesan School Leaders

Diocesan Educational Leadership & Service

Four services every Diocesan School Office must offer:
  1. Offer Consultative advice regarding personnel matters
  2. Offer Consultative advice regarding diocesan policies and guidelines
  3. Offer Consultative advice regarding best Catholic educational practices
  4. Be present at local events/celebrations
Four requirements for every Diocesan School Leader:
  1. Availability
  2. Expertise
  3. Collaborative Leadership-style
  4. Credibility from Colleagues in the field 
Eight Opportunities/Necessities • The Diocesan Leader of Education should:
  1. Create a Vital/Meaningful Board of Education with by-laws that reflect best practices; with meetings that result in actionable and measurable goals; and is comprised of committed/Catholic members that possess the following areas of expertise:
    1. Building and Construction
    2. Finance
    3. Technology
    4. Real Estate and Property Management
    5. Marketing / Advertising
    6. Education
    7. Publishing/Media Communications
    8. Parent/Civic Leadership
    9. Theological & Religious Formation
  2. Decentralize Professional Growth
    1. Resources for professional growth should be allocated to local schools
    2. Partnerships with NCEA/ISTE/ASCD/CCCB etc. should be formalized at the diocesan level and provided to schools
    3. Professional resource sharing among colleagues should be promoted, incentivized and coordinated between schools
  3. Expand of Social Media Use
    1. Curation of content
    2. Formation of Professional Learning Networks
    3. Branding of Mission
    4. Communication of Message
  4. Centralize the availability of goods and services
    1. Economy of scale with vendors
    2. Leverage of numbers for purchases educational publications/technology
  5. Form Business/Educational Partnerships
    1. Silicon Valley and Technology companies
    2. Local or regional Businesses
    3. Universities and Colleges committed to Catholic education
    4. Publishing/Media corporations
  6. Re-vision compensation and evaluation models to be based on performance
  7. Limit Diocesan-wide school initiatives
    1. 1-2 initiative introduced over a period of 3 years.
    2. 3-year window of implementation (plan/execute/evaluate/revise)
  8. Report directly to the Bishop.