31 minutes | Jun 1, 2021

S2E7. How To Keep Standards Way Up Because Students Deserve It

Our guest today is Cam Stottler. He is the Executive Director of North Lakes Academy Charter School, a K-12 tuition free school located in Forest Lake, MN.The school has been in operation for over 20 years, implementing an educational program that is challenging, developmentally appropriate, and catering to the needs and passions of their students. Given the small class sizes, each student receives personalized attention from teachers and the school feels like a big family.In this episode, we talk about how you can increase your expectations from students and keep standards high, while increasing their motivation at the same time.Quotes:  05:11 -  If a school leader sees potential in administrative colleagues or teacher leaders, then it's their number one job to invest in that potential, in those people. That  is the greatest impact a leader can have on the school,is those people. And then in turn, those people will turn around and invest in the teachers, and the teachers in the students and so on. So if a school leader feels that the potential's there, then they have to, they have to take the time to invest in it.15:43 - We tell them we keep standards way up here because you deserve that from us. And if we did anything less than that, then we're failing you. And often students, the students that schools are labeled behavior problems or disruptors, they need to hear that .They need to hear that, no matter what, our expectations are not going to change because you're worth it.And often that last part doesn't get added to it. It's just our expectations of this high, because that's who we are, but it's not about us. The expectations are high because that's what you need.26:47 - We have such a negative connotation with failure that anyone who can work through that and can recognize that failure is part of the process. If you're not failing, you're not doing it right. Which is ironic  but if you're not seeking failure, you're not growing, you're not receiving feedback, you're not understanding criticism. And those are such key facets as we all look around in our current jobs, right? The people who can't fail well are the ones you don't want to work with, the ones that ultimately aren't going to make a good partner or aren't going to grow the company or have the impact that you want them to have. And so I think it's, again, keeping the students in front of the idea that "yes, you can AND you're expected to, AND you're going to fail as a part of that and that's all okay and that's all going to be part of who you are. Where to learn more about Cam Stottler and North Lakes Academy Charter School:http://www.northlakesacademy.orgCam Stottler | Executive Director | cstottler@northlakesacademy.org | 651-797-6266Where to learn more about Enrollhand:Our website: www.enrollhand.comOur webinar: https://webinar-replay.enrollhand.com
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