October 2019


Dear Responsive Leaders,

Welcome to the fifth edition of our monthly NSR resource-share, 6 on 6! if you would like to see our first four editions, you can find them (and other NSR resources) on the New School Rules website.

As we head into fall, we have been reflecting on our goals for 2019, the tactics that have been successful in moving us toward those goals, and those we may want to adjust to accommodate a pivot. To that end, you may have noticed that this newsletter did not arrive on the 6th of the month–we are exploring the best times to send this so you have time to review and reply, and we will be sending at different times to see how we’ll pivot.

As your school year gets underway, you may be reflecting on the start of the year and considering ways to adjust practices in your school or district. The resources we are sharing this month will help you reflect and consider your own pivot. 

As always, we are eager to build this community of practice, so please share your experiences by clicking on the Check-Out question link (and enter your contact information for a chance to win your own Team Habits Tank or Fanny Pack)! Last month, Diana Tivera Moraes, an ELD Teacher from Lebanon School District, shared the ways in which she has incorporated some key New School Rules into her classroom, including the clarification of roles and accountabilities with her students. 

Finally, you are invited to join our upcoming leadership institutes! We are joining High Aims in Cincinnati, Ohio to offer an NSR Institute in the Cincinnati area on October 22-23, and we have two more National Leadership Institutes coming up in Denver: the first, on November 6-7 will focus on effective Team Habits, and the second, on December 3-4, will focus on responsive practicez to ensure Teacher Retention. We’d love to see you or someone you know there!

The NSR Team

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1 Check-In Question 

When have you changed course to better meet a goal?

Tags: Engagement, Psychological Safety, Building Trust


2 Content We’re Consuming

Blockbuster Historical Museum

As you reflect on the importance of the pivot, enjoy this brief satirical video about the importance of pivoting when necessary, lest you become the subject of historical re-enactors!

Tags: Learning Organization, Planning for Change | 2 minutes 


Quote We're Considering

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” - Maya Angelou

Tags: Learning Organization, Planning for Change


Idea We’re Exploring

The Strategic Pivot: Rules for Entrepreneurs and Other Innovators

This brief article shares the rules for pivoting in the fast-paced environment of start-ups and tech companies. The last rule (Don’t Survive Mediocrity) is particularly interesting for schools and districts. If you are not facing dire consequences for mediocrity, it may be more difficult to prioritize a pivot for improvement. This article makes it clear that it is still important to do so.

Tags: Reflection, Planning for Change | 5 min read



5 Tool We’re Trying

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How to do a Stop, Start, Continue Exercise with Your UX Team

As you manage conversations with your teams about progress toward goals, consider this protocol to guide the conversation about what is going well, and what you may want to stop or tweak.

Tags: Planning for Change, Distributing Authority | 60-120 min activity


6 Check-Out Question

Do you schedule time for your team to reflect? Answer here and enter to win some Team Habits Swag!

Tags: Engagement, Psychological Safety, Building Trust


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