I’m at a leadership conference in rural Pennsylvania. The audience is school and district administrators from the three counties served by the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20. My main address is at 11:00. But until then, I am sitting in a presentation by one of my main influences, Doug Johnson. So during this period, I am just going to jot down some quotes from Doug that strike a chord with me.
“In Mankato, MN, I have more choices for how I educate my children than food restaurants.”
“No body buys a quarter-inch drill bit because they need a quarter-inch drill bit.”
“You can never be too rich, too thin, or have too much bandwidth!”
“Our face to the community is not long just the appearance of our buildings and lawns.”
Johnson just said that the data-driven decision making is not fulfilling its potential because our professional culture does not value data. This reminds me of a conversation I had with a central office person in Houston. She said that she showed her child how she was now able to access data about students and schools to help her provide here services. She said that her daughter responded, “Why wouldn’t you do that?”