It is Monday at 8:30 am and the staff of Richard Bowling are present ahead of their report time. This quarter I have preselected Mondays for team building. During team building at 8:30 am, I make classroom visits with my teachers to build relationships and to determine how I may better support them and their scholars. At 8:50 am, my phone alarm rings signaling that my scholars are entering the building in ten minutes. At 9:00 am, I am in the main foyer to greet Richard Bowling Scholars and their parents with a smile and the expectation of having a great day. Scholars and their parents enter the building dancing to music playing in the main hallway. We start each morning at Richard Bowling dancing into a new day of instruction and learning.
As the Chief Instructional Leader of Richard Bowling Elementary, my job is to ensure that everything that impacts the school day of my scholars operates smoothly. I am not alone in this commitment. I have a dedicated and professional staff that share my vision. Throughout the school day, I can be seen in classrooms posing questions to teachers and scholars about their work, in the cafeteria asking scholars to articulate their lessons objectives from the morning, and outside during dismissal speaking to parents in regards to the importance of establishing a clear line of communication with the school and their scholar’s teachers. Words can’t express the importance of having effective instructional communication between Richard Bowling Elementary, its scholars, and the community we serve.
To begin our instructional day, scholars recite the school pledge:
I am special and I love myself
I am strong and I can do anything that I put my mind to
I have the power to change my destiny
I am a Richard Bowling Scholar
When I hear my scholars state the pledge, I always reflect on what I am doing personally to ensure they have the power to determine their destiny. It is my honor and great privilege to serve at Richard Bowling Elementary. For the rest of my life, I will wear the title of Chief Instructional Leader!