TVUSD Examines New Leadership Development Strategies With an Emphasis on Strengthening Human Skills

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With an emphasis on strengthening the 'human skills' dimension of school leaders, Deputy Superintendent Jodi McClay of the Temecula Unified School District (TVUSD) urged 60 administrators, including all principals, assistant principals, directors, assistant directors, and assistant superintendents to view leadership as an affair of the heart. “It’s necessary for us to make sure that we understand how important it is that we show we care through our daily actions,” she said during the district’s leadership team meeting in October.

"We are excited to explore traits of successful leaders and increase both the knowledge and skills of our district's leaders," said Deputy Superintendent McClay. "Acknowledging one's sphere of influence and ensuring that stakeholders know how much we care, not simply how much we know, is critical."

With an emphasis on strengthening the 'human skills' dimension of school leaders, Deputy Superintendent Jodi McClay of the Temecula Unified School District (TVUSD) urged 60 administrators, including all principals, assistant principals, directors, assistant directors, and assistant superintendents to view leadership as an affair of the heart. “It’s necessary for us to make sure that we understand how important it is that we show we care through our daily actions,” she said during the district’s leadership team meeting in October.

The team reviewed works of leadership experts such as John Maxwell, Jim Collins, and Stephen Katz, who encourage open communication and a focus on the best interests of those served. They also viewed short videos by Colin Powell, a renowned statesman, and retired four-star general.

"We are excited to explore traits of successful leaders and increase both the knowledge and skills of our district's leaders," said Deputy Superintendent McClay. "Acknowledging one's sphere of influence and ensuring that stakeholders know how much we care, not simply how much we know, is critical."

The leadership team meets monthly to celebrate successes, share best practices, and focus on advancing progress toward the district's goals. According to Deputy Superintendent McClay, this school year's goals include closing the achievement gap, particularly for English Learners and special education students, building and sustaining a positive school climate, and increasing learning opportunities for students.

While TVUSD remains the highest performing district in the County, the team will continue to study various leadership models and assess their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as areas for professional growth, stated Deputy Superintendent McClay.

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