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SamTastic Weekly Tip: 9/11/23 - Consider Gratitude

This week’s tip: Consider Gratitude


With school in full swing in most every district, now is a good time to focus on what, and who, you appreciate.


Leaders who show gratitude, the quality of being thankful and a readiness to show appreciation and return kindness, have a super power. Showing gratitude significantly impacts a leader’s ability to improve teaching and learning.


Staff members are thirsty for authentic recognition and appreciation and are far more likely to engage in improved practice when effort is noticed. US Department of Labor statistics show the number one reason a person leave a job is lack of recognition and appreciation.


Many SAM teams regularly show appreciation and do so in a systematic manner. They don’t just say thanks. They connect their appreciation for how the work effects the mission. They tell a First Responder that their effort makes it possible for the principal to spend more time supporting students and teachers. They tell a teacher who has improved that it has a positive impact on students.


Many SAMs create a gratitude culture by asking the leader what they liked during a “seeing instruction” event. Getting the leader to notice what they like is a powerful step toward gratitude.


All of us at NSIP appreciate the work you do each day. No one does work as important, and as challenging, as SAM teams. Your school community, and our country, benefit from the work you do each day. We appreciate, respect and value you.


In-person training for new SAM Teams this week: Monday: Atlanta, Georgia; Tuesday, Bibb County, Georgia


Executive Summary: SAM team Success: https://bit.ly/3rIWkZT

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