Speak Truth Even If Your Voice Shakes

Yesterday I went to a meeting with one of the members of the visiting committee for my school’s reaccreditation. There was an exchange in front of our visitor that went something like this:

Colleague: There’s no money for professional development.

Me: There’s lots of money for professional development.  We have Fund X, and Fund Y, and Fund Z, and there’s also Q set aside in the general budget for professional development.

Colleague: Well, I’ve applied to go to this conference for two years now, and I’ve been approved so late that I wasn’t able to go, because I couldn’t make arrangements for travel and for substitute coverage.

Me: A slow professional development approval process and a bad substitute-teacher assignment process are not the same thing as no money.  They indicate a different kind of problem in school administration than bad financial leadership.

Visitor nods head, and makes a couple of notes on clipboard.

One comment

  1. Congratulations on your “open mouth sabotage.” I’ve never yet been lucky enough to be working on my hospital ward when the JCAHO inspectors were there, but I always wanted to be able to answer one of their questions with “Well, what management coached us to say was x, but the truth is y.”

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