At Bryant I was offered some great opportunities; opportunities that only small districts afford a young administrator. I was given the responsibility of organizing the district’s federal programs desk-top audit, know in California as a Program Quality Review (PQR) of all the federal title programs appropriated by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It was a great training for a young administrator, providing me the chance to pull together all the documentation needed for the State’s auditor; giving me an inside track on what I would need when developing Title I targeted assistance school plans in Oregon.
But what I was most appreciative of was to be afforded the chance to organize and supervise the Merced County Migrant Summer School program for children in our region of Merced County. It was a great chance to work with teachers in grades K-8 on summer enrichment activities while at the same time planning the staff development in math that our teachers received. Although I had taught at the elementary level, this was my first experience training staff at this level, and we had a lot of fun while learning.
There are three things that Bryant brought out in my leadership skills:
- Understanding from my time overseas that equity was the basis of building a strong campus climate. Without the student’s feeling their voice was heard, we were just making up rules to control their behavior.