WELCOME TO THE 34TH ANNUAL Keynote: Dr. Debra Peppers
V.P for 88 days when Roosevelt died of massive stroke Presented by Dr. Debra Peppers
Harry Truman’s getaway home: The Little White House, Key West (the only presidential museum in Fl.)
How many times have you heard… • This is going to destroy everything we’ve worked for! • We are not going to stand for this! • Who is really going to get the money? • Who says this is best for the children? • It certainly isn’t best for the teachers. • Parents need to be brought into this! • Why can’t we just go back to the good old days. • OH FOR THE GOOD OL’DAYS!
Faculty watermelon party on the front steps of Dixieland Elementary School
Charm School Inductees of 1947 St. Petersburg
Why I am excited to be here… Fellow Educator of 39 years Almost “burned out” and learned to realize my strengths and weaknesses Became a “beggar” (to everyone!) Became a leader by learning to serve Learned to rejuvenate and “balance” 7. Found leadership “lessons” from around the world! 8. Learned to share “my story.”
We all have a story! Don’t waste the experience; And don’t waste the pain. My Dad didn’t.
So, what’s the answer? PERSONALIZATION! One life at a time. 30% of America’s Students are Dropouts! I was…
SHOW ME! Miss Alma I WAS BEING SET UP AND NEITHER OF US KNEW!
And So it goes with teachers and staff: Leadership Styles Transformational Effective Contingent Reward Passive Active Manage by Exception Laissez Faire Ineffective
Transformational Leadership Individually and collectively We don’t always get to see the results! The real legacy we leave: changed lives. DANGER OPPORTUNITY CRISIS
LHS Graduation 1989 Charles Bean Director of Dropout Prevention, St. Louis City Public Schools
Hardworking; Dedicated; Respectful of rules; Conservative Old-fashioned; Behind the times; Autocratic; Aversion to Change Optimistic; Team player; Competitive; Efficient Self-centered; political; Power-driven; Workaholic; Unrealistic
Balanced (work/life quality); Self-reliant; Slackers; Selfish; Impatient; Cynical; Pragmatic Fun-seeking; Technology savvy Short attention span; Spoiled; Disrespectful; Tech dependent
Take advantage of the differences in values, styles and expectations of each; but be careful NOT to follow blanket stereotypes.
Facilitate mentoring and generational • interaction in all areas. • Utilize the high expectations of ambitious • Millennials with special tasks. • Generation X will soon dominate teachers and leadership in education, use that. • Boomers offer a wealth of knowledge , • implementing transitions and change. • Get key players of each on board; keep the • focus on utilizing available funds while • showing benefits for all especially students.
TOP TEN QUALITIES OF • LEADERS OfEXCELLENCE • They are authentic, trustworthy, safe and respected. • They are good listeners at all levels. • They treat subordinates with dignity and respect. • They have clear, consistent expectations. • They seek solutions and input from many; accept responsibility (The Buck Stops Here!) • They are flexible and willing to change. • They can motivate those under them to succeed. • They find the “good” and praise it. • 9. They strive to live a balanced life, personally and • professionally. • 10. They have developed a good sense of humor. • Dr. Debra D. Peppers • www.pepperseed.org
Proposals for Merit Pay/Pay for Performance/ VAM The best indicator of future success is implementation of past success. • THREE MAJOR ISSUES I HAD TO FACE: • Court Mandated De-Segregation • Full Inclusion for Special Needs • Violence Prevention/ Crisis Counseling • (Drug, Alcohol, Teen Issues)
FIND THE GOOD AND PRAISE IT! Get Key Players to “Show them” the good!
HAVE YOU MET THE ENEMY? p r d e Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve: nothing dies harder than the desire to think of oneself. __T.S. Eliot
TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP THE MARK OF A GREAT LEADER IS TO TAKE OTHERS TO PLACES WHERE EVEN THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN!
From Hall of Shame to Hall of fame STAND and DELIVER
NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE: THE SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS
Live a Life of BALANCE SPIRITUAL Physical FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS PERSONAL GROWTH EMOTIONAL WORK
Zambia teachers Model School in Zambia
And PLEASE have a good sense of humor AND LEARN TO LAUGH AT YOURSELF!
Smile… sneer and grimace are not the same! • START KEEPING YOUR OWN TREASURES • i.e. Wisdom from Alabama to Texas • My humor journal: Luuuuucy! Bud Peppers (our first date) • Physiological as well as emotional, • mental, even spiritual BENEFITS!
Our society is no longer the same, but the hearts of children are! More than ever, you are needed!! Thank You FLORIDA! THANK YOU FOR INVESTING YOUR LIVES!
Florida Educational Negotiators Thank you! God bless you My Florida friends! I’m Dr. Peppers Shakin’ the Salt Visit my website: www.pepperseed.org