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SEEing to Lead

Apr 24, 2023

Victor Nixon is originally from South Carolina, but calls Texas home. He graduated with a BA in Psychology from The Citadel (Military College of South Carolina). He earned a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. Victor also earned a MA in Counseling from Amberton University. He earned an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University. Vic has over 20 years of public school experience in Texas. He was a behavior adjustment teacher in the elementary level before becoming an administrator. He has experience as an Assistant Principal at both the elementary and secondary levels. He is currently an Assistant Principal of attendance for North Mesquite High School in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Vic is a veteran and was in the Army for six years earning the rank of Captain. Vic is happily married (for 33 years) to a second grade teacher and he has a daughter who teaches fourth grade writing. Vic also has a son who works in logistics. He is an avid football fan and follows the New England Patriots. He has presented and taught at the campus and state levels. His most recent presentation reviewed differentiated instruction. Vic also has an article published addressing successful school leader traits.

Key Takeaways:

  • Have a word set up to keep students engaged and help them feel as If they belong.
  • You can't give awards to everyone or else they lose their meaning.
  • Stickers, pizza, and lollipops. Oftentimes adults don't try things because they are uncomfortable with them, not the students.
  • Small extrinsic incentives are not about the award, but instead about the intrinsic feeling of being valued and admiration from the teacher.
  • Leaders need to give specific feedback to students after observing a class to make them feel more of a sense of belonging or encouragement.
  • You need to go out of our way to include student and teacher voice and choice.
  • Leaders need to increase engagement by setting the example and ensuring there is follow through on what they are asking for.
  • Make sure you are leading by listening and delegating.

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