The leadership structure is comprised of the Chief Executive Officer, Original Founder, Administrator for PreK-2, Administrator for grades 3-5, Administrator for Academics in grades 6-12, and Administrator for Activities in grades 6-12. The leadership of the schools are not those at the top of the organizational pyramid but the center of the nucleus. Administrators are trained to lead, coach, be accountable, and pursue excellence. Leading is more complex than being the boss. One the responsibilities of leadership is cultivating high performance in the professionals under their direct supervision. Administrative leaders are supported, mentored, and developed by the CEO. Administrators understand that leading and especially leading other leaders requires the commitment to be supportive of growth and development necessary to reach the levels of professional performance necessary for student’s continued academic progress.
Administrators are trained to not get stuck thinking about themselves as a principal as it has such an historic connotation. They are challenged to think of themselves as leaders and to develop the competencies necessary to instill leadership in instructional and instructional support staff. Grade level teams are developed from a leadership mind-set as a group of instructional leaders.
Community Leadership Academy and Victory Preparatory Academy are leadership schools. Everything we do is about training and developing the next generation of leaders.
Leadership Philosophy and Premises of Organizational Success
A. Honesty is the Only Policy. No Truth, No Growth. We never hide from uncomfortable truth because it’s easier;
B. There is Power in Agreement;
C. There is always an Agreement. The power of agreement is always evident in the work we do. If we are in agreement that we will professionally succeed and students will academically succeed; it will be evident to everyone in the building. The same is true if we are not in agreement to succeed;
D. The Clarity and Consistency of Your Expectations Will Directly Influence Your Outcomes. If you are ambiguous in your expectations your outcomes will be indistinct. If you are inconsistent, your outcomes will be incoherent;
E. Cultivate an Authentic Culture of Success. Culture is cultivated by what we believe, what we say, how we relate, what we practice, how we grow, and what we celebrate;
F. Must be Resolute. Leadership must make every hard decision necessary to keep the promise to parents and students for a high quality education;
G. Solve Problems so They Remain Solved. The urgency necessary to utilize every available minute to educate America’s children does not allow for recycling issues;
H. Operate as an Organization – Execute as an Educational Institution. First, schools are multimillion dollar organizations and this level of capacity should be apparent in the way education is instituted;
I. Take the Business of Education Seriously. Every decision should take into consideration the total cost, both, in the short term and long term;
J. Manage the School Calendar. Every Minute Counts. Managing the calendar means we are always out in front and prepared, never behind and frustrated.