Checking Our Pulse

The All Saints’ Episcopal Day School community is engaged in a self-study process this year as part of our efforts to receive re-accreditation by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS), the gold standard of independent education in this region of the country. 

ISAS requires schools seeking re-accreditation to conduct various surveys, one of them for current parents.  That process was completed earlier this year, and for those who have been part of the school community for a number of years came as no surprise.  Four years ago, the ASEDS Board and administration conducted a similar survey, and the commitment to seek formal feedback on an annual basis was born.   We have the good fortune to have obtained a significant history of survey results so we can trace some longitudinal patterns.  Interested readers can see this history and these patterns by logging in to the School Website and downloading the Parent Survey Historical Summary from the “Forms and Documents” section.  I have also included a companion piece that provides brief prose summaries of the themes which emerged in the survey results.  Review of this history reflects consistent positive feedback about many dimensions of school life; quite encouraging is positive trending in satisfaction levels in other dimensions. 

 A final bit of good news: We are also required to conduct a faculty survey as part of our re-accreditation process.  The results of that survey mirror quite well the feedback we have received from our parents. 

Until next time…

My best,

Leo

Weaving Webs

Bear with me, friends, as I make my first foray into the blogosphere.  I shall make occasional contributions to this blog on topics of relevance to the All Saints’ community. 

Board Chair Jack Klecan and I made several “State of the School” presentations to parents, faculty, staff, and trustees.  It’s hard to summarize the entire presentation in this post, but I did want to share here my underlying philosophy in serving as Head of School.  My presentation centered on my belief that my job is to weave webs rather than build silos.  This implies promotion of collaboration and enhancement of relationships among various school constituencies.  So my leadership focuses on encouraging teamwork, maintaining a big picture perspective, direct and transparent communication, and embracing an organic (vs. static) school model.  From that philosophical base, I cited a number of recent “web-weaving” initiatives and also some areas that require enhanced attention in implementing that philosophy. 

Until next time…

My best,

Leo