Early in my administrative career my good friend and colleague Mike Fisher introduced me to the idea of Assume Positive Intent. Several years later, I have come to realize that this mindset is one of the most important things to remember not only working with students, but also as a leader of any organization.
Assume positive intent means that you give people the benefit of the doubt. I've seen too many staff members who always assume students and parents have negative intent in their actions. When we assume the worst, we create a school that feels more like a prison than a supportive learning environment. I found that reminding people to "assume positive intent" is something that needs to be frequently communicated with staff. In the email and Facebook post below you will see how I revisited this mindset when communicating with our staff.