Drivyn, LLC

We help K-8 urban schools leverage the power of instructional culture by transforming systems.

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01/11/2024

If it ain't broke...

The beauty of education is that we are constantly learning. One of the challenges with education is that practices get thrown out the window for the newest thing.

Some practices still work. Some of them have been revised and renamed, but the implementation is the same. One thing for certain is that school leaders have to build content knowledge (learning standards) of staff. Truth be told...some leaders need to build content knowledge too.

DOK vs Blooms is essential in the process of unpacking content knowledge. It is an effective way to gauge the level of content knowledge of staff and build deeper knowledge and instruction of learning standards.

🎯One protocol that can help build this knowledge is the practice of Looking at Student Work (LASW).

At DCT Consulting, we empower you as the school leader to build your leadership team to lead this work so you are seen as the instructional leader. Build your confidence.

Schedule an Accelerator call today. ⬇️

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01/09/2024

📣Calling on the phenomenal K-8 urban leaders with at least 3 years as school leaders who are ready to lead with confidence, boost productivity, and conquer burnout!

Are you determined to make a positive impact while navigating leadership challenges? I'm looking for 3 dynamic individuals eager to embrace their leadership journey with resilience and purpose.

Together, we'll explore strategies to enhance your leadership skills, increase productivity, and foster a work environment that prioritizes well-being. Drawing on my experience supporting urban school leaders, I've witnessed the transformative power of confident leadership in driving systemic change.

If you're ready to break through barriers, reduce anxiety, and lead with authenticity, I want to hear from you!

📩 DM me if you're ready to step into your leadership potential and make a lasting impact!
OR
📆Schedule a time to talk today!⬇️
https://calendly.com/drivynllc/accelerator-call

01/08/2024

Limited space!

How do you reduce the number of plates spinning at once? Now is the time to refine how you will lead with confidence to meet your personal and professional goals.⁠

Before you know it, the testing season will be here. How much do you know about what your students know and can do? ⁠

Consider this,⁠
❓️Have you taken inventory of the effectiveness of data systems in your school building?⁠
❓️Have you determined which staff needs specific support in implementing the data cycle? ⁠
❓️Have you honestly reflected on the role you played in the current circumstances of your school?⁠
❓️How have you held my leadership team accountable for shifting the instructional core of your building?⁠
❓️Have you been consistent in these systems and processes?⁠

These are heavy questions but are necessary to peel back the layers of comfort. Our Black and Brwon students' lives are at stake.⁠

You do not need to feel overwhelmed by this planning. You can gain clarity and confidence in approaching your data implementation strategies.⁠

🎯Registration for the Data Intensive Program is OPEN! ⁠
Seats are limited! ⁠

Schedule an Accelerator Call! Link in BIO⬆️⁠
https://calendly.com/drivynllc/accelerator-call⁠

01/07/2024

, ain’t sexy!

I know, I know… is not the sexiest topic to talk about. It is, however, one of the most important levers to move your school in the direction it needs to be. So while it may not be fun or sexy, it’s definitely a key ingredient to your success and your increased confidence.

Ask yourself a couple of questions,
❔️Other than tests, what pieces of data do you or your staff use to identify students with specific skill gaps?
❔️What strategy is used that allows teachers to understand how to teach to the rigor of a standard?
❔️Once you have collected data, what do you and your staff do with the data after leaving planning meetings?
❔️How often do you come back to look at what you’ve planned from your last data planning meeting?

All of the responses to these questions require systems.

Audit your systems. Identify where you are gathering and using you are using instructional data in real time. How are you shifting your leadership team to become a data culture school where every adult in the building uses data as a process for closing scale gaps?

🎯Our Data Intensive Program provides the tools for creating and implementing. Discover how using systems helps you increase your confidence as a school leader.

‼️Enroll today or schedule an Accelerator call by January 10th for a special bonus!
📆 https://calendly.com/drivynllc/accelerator-call

01/06/2024

Walk in truth.

When your truth is evident, it is loud and clear. People will see and feel your truth.

How you lead adults to shift the lives of Black and Brown students is critical.

❌️We do not have time for excuses.

🕰️What we do have time for is creating nurturing and trusting relationships that feel safe to push and pull when needed.
It feels safe to have the conversations that matter. It feels safe to embrace discomfort and see that those moments mean you are thriving and that worth is necessary to move our Black and Brown kids.

Move. Shift. Walk in truth.

Schedule an Accelerator call today⬇️
https://calendly.com/drivynllc/accelerator-call

01/05/2024

I AM THEM.

The minute I became a teacher, I knew I belonged there. There was no doubt in my mind. My spirit knew the classroom was my natural next step in life.

I was a natural...still am. Maybe it was because I saw myself in them...in their circumstances...in their excitement for the future. I soared because my students soared. I measured my impact on how well;l students developed their critical thinking skills. A grade book wasn't the end-all and be-all in my classroom. The ability to provide multiple ways to learn content while infusing joy and students demonstrating learning in different ways was my energy as Ms. Thomas, the teacher.

In every role I had in education, I still tell people I'm truly a teacher at my core.

As school leaders, it is easy to forget these days and moments. Go back to them and reconnect to your WHY.

I AM THEM; that's my WHY. What's yours?

Photos from Drivyn, LLC's post 01/04/2024

🟢Let's go!

Welcome back! Hopefully, y'all have taken inventory of your data culture and made some decisions over the holiday break about what to do next.

It is never too late to make the shifts needed to make data your focus! Check out some suggestions below. ⬇️

🙌🏽Let's chat about how we can help with systems that improve your school's data culture.

📆Schedule an Accelerator call today!
https://calendly.com/drivynllc/accelerator-call

01/02/2024

Trust your instincts.

We know that if the system worked, all of our kids would be on grade level and afforded access and opportunities. So if the system is flawed, how do you navigate it in a way that is best for kids in your school?

✨️Trust your knowledge and instincts.
✨️Make decisions aligned with your values.
✨️Make decisions in the best interest of kids, always.

✅️This means identifying the things that do not work for your school.
✅️This means that you may need to explain to your supervisor why you are choosing to do one thing over another.
✅️This also means that you need to have your data and your evidence to support your decisions.

So ask yourself if you are following along the district's initiatives for the sake of following them, or do you choose which parts work for you and your school?

DCT Consulting supports you in your leadership journey by identifying and aligning your leadership goals to leadership actions. Contact us today to discover our range of services, including the Data Intensive Program beginning this month.

📆Schedule an Accelerator call today!

https://calendly.com/drivynllc/accelerator-call

01/01/2024

All eyes on you! 👀⁠

As winter break comes to a close, you want to reduce the number of plates spinning at once, and now is the time to refine how you will meet your personal and professional goals.⁠

Before you know it, the testing season will be here. How much do you know about what your students know and can do? ⁠

Consider this,⁠
❓️Have you taken inventory of the effectiveness of data systems in your school building?⁠
❓️Have you determined which staff needs specific support in implementing the data cycle? ⁠
❓️Have you honestly reflected on the role you played in the current circumstances of your school?⁠
❓️How have you held my leadership team accountable for shifting the instructional core of your building?⁠
❓️Have you been consistent in these systems and processes?⁠

These are heavy questions but are necessary to peel back the layers of comfort. Our Black and Brwon students' lives are at stake.⁠

You do not need to feel overwhelmed by this planning. You can gain clarity and confidence in approaching your data implementation strategies.⁠

🎯Registration for the Data Intensive Program is OPEN! ⁠
Seats are limited! ⁠

Schedule an Accelerator Call! Link in BIO⬆️⁠
https://calendly.com/drivynllc/accelerator-call

12/29/2023

LESS THAN 24 HOURS!!!

Winter Break is the perfect time to reflect and plan on how you can gain more time in your day as a school leader!

Get in the room!

We often carry the weight of doubt and that breeds a lack of self-confidence, which breeds overwhelm and anxiety.⁠

I challenge you to think about this question:⁠
🎯What would you do if you KNEW you would not fail as an urban education leader?⁠

Operating in confidence as a school leader is crucial for many reasons:⁠
1️⃣ helps create a positive and stable school culture,⁠
2️⃣ fosters trust among staff, students, and parents, and⁠
3️⃣ promotes a sense of direction and purpose. ⁠

When school leaders operate confidently,⁠
✨they effectively communicate their vision, ⁠
✨make decisions decisively and⁠
✨inspire others to follow their lead. ⁠

Using a data lens and systems, we empower you to lead with confidence so you can shift instructional culture and feel affirmed.

❗️Join us on Saturday, December 30th for the FREE WEBINAR!⁠ ⬇️

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpdOitqz4tG9xj9UobtSFKkqegnGI7Qz1I

📅See you tomorrow morning! ⁠

12/28/2023

🤔Do you sometimes doubt your impact as a school leader? With the weight of responsibility for Black and Brown students' lives, it is natural to experience doubt. ⁠

As women, we often carry the weight of doubt and that breeds a lack of self-confidence, which breeds overwhelm and anxiety.⁠

I challenge you to think about this question:⁠
🎯What would you do if you KNEW you would not fail as an urban education leader?⁠

Operating in confidence as a school leader is crucial for many reasons:⁠
1️⃣ helps create a positive and stable school culture,⁠
2️⃣ fosters trust among staff, students, and parents, and⁠
3️⃣ promotes a sense of direction and purpose. ⁠

When school leaders operate confidently,⁠
✨they effectively communicate their vision, ⁠
✨make decisions decisively and⁠
✨inspire others to follow their lead. ⁠

At DCT Consulting, we support women in urban school leadership in building confidence so they can disrupt the oppressive system of public education. ⁠

❗️Join us on Saturday, December 30th for a FREE WEBINAR!⁠ ⬇️

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpdOitqz4tG9xj9UobtSFKkqegnGI7Qz1I

📅Mark your calendars! ⁠

12/27/2023

"I didn't know."

When you hear your staff say this often, there is a breakdown in communication and systems.

Having systems can help you develop relationships and produce intended outcomes.

Everything in your school requires a system to operate smoothly. While on break, audit your systems to see if they produce the intended outcome. Does staff often ask you for more information or for clarity?

The clearer the systems, the more confident you are as a leader.

Join us this Saturday, December 30th, from 10:00am to 12:00pm for How to Build Confidence as a Leader in Urban Education Without Experiencing Bur=nout.

I guarantee you will leave with a different mindset and steps for clarity in your process.

See you soon!

Register Now:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpdOitqz4tG9xj9UobtSFKkqegnGI7Qz1I

12/26/2023

Intent vs Impact

To create an environment of actively invested adults, the continuous work of school leadership requires intentional planning and implementation. Consistency is key.
✅ There should be a process for how you create an impact on both staff and student growth.
✅ It should include data points as the focal point for change or improvement.
✅ The process should include ways to collect and act upon feedback from stakeholders.

🛑 If these things are not present, you will experience the hamster in a wheel effect.

❓What systems or processes do you have in place that consider the points above? Unsure of where to begin? Let’s connect.

📆Join us for How to Lead with Confidence as a Leader in Urban Education Without Experiencing Burnout this Saturday, December 30, 2023, from 10:00AM to 12:00PM EST!

Get tips that will help you create consistency and experience the transformation you desire.

Register NOW: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpdOitqz4tG9xj9UobtSFKkqegnGI7Qz1I

12/25/2023

Let's be clear.

The role of a leader is not to be liked. That societal urge will distract you from the real work at hand, students.

‼️You will NEVER please everyone when you make decisions.
‼️You will NEVER have 100% support for initiatives. These facts will cause you some frustration, but that is okay. You are human.

What is not okay is losing sight of your mission...your vision. This is why it is so important to know what values guide your decisions every day. If you do not have a firm understanding of the values that are present in your work, you will be easily distracted by the noise.

📆Join us for How to Lead with Confidence as a Leader in Urban Education Without Experiencing Burnout this Saturday, December 23, 2023, from 10:00AM to 12:00PM EST!

Get tips that will help you work confidently and create the transformation you desire.

Register NOW: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpdOitqz4tG9xj9UobtSFKkqegnGI7Qz1I

12/24/2023

Leadership is about impact.

Operating in confidence as a school leader is crucial for many reasons:⁠
1️⃣ helps create a positive and stable school culture,⁠
2️⃣ fosters trust among staff, students, and parents, and⁠
3️⃣ promotes a sense of direction and purpose. ⁠

When school leaders operate confidently,⁠
✨they effectively communicate their vision, ⁠
✨make decisions decisively and⁠
✨inspire others to follow their lead. ⁠

At DCT Consulting, we support women in urban school leadership in building confidence so they can disrupt the oppressive system of public education. ⁠

❗️Join us on Saturday, December 30th for a FREE WEBINAR!⁠

https://lnkd.in/eqfRkC_A

12/24/2023

Modeling the way means trusting yourself. ⁠

Trust that you have the knowledge and skills to transform adult actions for the good of Black and Brown students. ⁠

When you trust yourself, you move differently. Your confidence tells staff it is safe to follow you. ⁠

Move differently. ⁠

12/23/2023
12/23/2023

🤔Do you sometimes doubt your impact as a school leader? With the weight of responsibility for Black and Brown students' lives, it is natural to experience doubt. ⁠

As women we often carry the weight of doubt and that breeds a lack of self-confidence, which breeds overwhelm and anxiety.⁠

I challenge you to think about this question:⁠
🎯What would you do if you KNEW you would not fail as an urban education leader?⁠

Operating in confidence as a school leader is crucial for many reasons:⁠
1️⃣ helps create a positive and stable school culture,⁠
2️⃣ fosters trust among staff, students, and parents, and⁠
3️⃣ promotes a sense of direction and purpose. ⁠

When school leaders operate confidently,⁠
✨they effectively communicate their vision, ⁠
✨make decisions decisively and⁠
✨inspire others to follow their lead. ⁠

At DCT Consulting, we support women in urban school leadership in building confidence so they can disrupt the oppressive system of public education. ⁠

❗️Join us on Saturday, December 30th for a FREE WEBINAR!⁠

➡️https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpdOitqz4tG9xj9UobtSFKkqegnGI7Qz1I


📅Mark your calendars! ⁠

12/23/2023

🤔Do you sometimes doubt your impact as a school leader? With the weight of responsibility for Black and Brown students’ lives, it is natural to experience doubt. ⁠

As women we often carry the weight of doubt and that breeds a lack of self-confidence, which breeds overwhelm and anxiety.⁠

I challenge you to think about this question:⁠
🎯What would you do if you KNEW you would not fail as an urban education leader?⁠

Operating in confidence as a school leader is crucial for many reasons:⁠
1️⃣ helps create a positive and stable school culture,⁠
2️⃣ fosters trust among staff, students, and parents, and⁠
3️⃣ promotes a sense of direction and purpose. ⁠

When school leaders operate confidently,⁠
✨they effectively communicate their vision, ⁠
✨make decisions decisively and⁠
✨inspire others to follow their lead. ⁠

At DCT Consulting, we support women in urban school leadership in building confidence so they can disrupt the oppressive system of public education. ⁠

❗️Join us on Saturday, December 30th for a FREE WEBINAR!⁠

➡️https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpdOitqz4tG9xj9UobtSFKkqegnGI7Qz1I


📅Mark your calendars! ⁠

Photos from Drivyn, LLC's post 12/21/2023

What are you waiting for?

Did you know there are multiple ways to gather and use data to transform instructional practices in your school? I’ve witnessed the impact of delving into student work to drive systemic change in instructional practices.

🔍 Examining student work is a powerful tool in the data cycle process. You gain insights beyond mere test scores, peeling back layers to understand the unique challenges and triumphs of each learner and the challenges of teachers in understanding learning standards.

As a school leader of marginalized Black and Brown students, you have the power to create the strategic use of data-driven strategies and foster a culture of continuous improvement.

As a Black woman who thrived despite a subpar K-12 education, I bring a unique perspective to the table. The struggles I faced as a marginalized student fuel my passion for equipping you with the systems you need to grow instructional practices so that every student’s potential goes untapped.

Join us for our FREE training to learn more! Saturday, December 30th, from 10:00AM to 12:00PM EST

12/18/2023

💯 Solidified my purpose…
Early teaching days showed me where I was supposed to be, my calling. Even though I am no longer in the classroom, my heart still is💙

Photos from Drivyn, LLC's post 12/17/2023

‼️ Just do it!

✨Yup, having hobbies outside of work is essential for your sanity. As a leader, the work is hard, and we need to do things that keep our mind, body, and spirit healthy and strong. I mean… You work hard, so play hard. Right?

🚴🏽One way I like to refill my cup is by cycling. I always loved riding a bike, but when I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time, I decided to enter a cycling challenge riding 200 miles over three days. ‼️Yeah, I know it sounds crazy but when I tell you it the most liberating experience of my recovery journey, it’s an understatement!

My love for the sport was solidified. I joined the club. I expanded my circle of friends and acquaintances. I was a part of a group that enjoyed the experience just like me. We travel together for joint rides, and even take vacations together. And to top it off when I met my fiancé, I didn’t know he cycled so when I found out, that was an extra bonus! ❤️

I share this to say, do something that stimulates you in a way that is beneficial to your mind, body in spirit so you can endure the work, and make the leadership journey sustainable .

We need you.

What do you do that keeps you going? Share below⬇️

[email protected]

12/16/2023

🤔Do you sometimes doubt your impact as a school leader? With the weight of responsibility for Black and Brown students’ lives, it is natural to experience doubt. ⁠

As women we often carry the weight of doubt and that breeds a lack of self-confidence, which breeds overwhelm and anxiety.⁠

I challenge you to think about this question:⁠
🎯What would you do if you KNEW you would not fail as an urban education leader?⁠

Operating in confidence as a school leader is crucial for many reasons:⁠
1️⃣ helps create a positive and stable school culture,⁠
2️⃣ fosters trust among staff, students, and parents, and⁠
3️⃣ promotes a sense of direction and purpose. ⁠

When school leaders operate confidently,⁠
✨they effectively communicate their vision, ⁠
✨make decisions decisively and⁠
✨inspire others to follow their lead. ⁠

At DCT Consulting, we support women in urban school leadership in building confidence so they can disrupt the oppressive system of public education. ⁠

❗️Join us on Saturday, December 30th for a FREE WEBINAR!⁠ LINK IN BIO⬆️

12/15/2023

Complacency is acceptance.

As a product of a low-income education, I will NOT be complacent or complicit in spreading educational poverty. I represent a small percentage of success from my hood, and that is criminal.

We must do better and be better for our kids by figuring out who needs to get off the bus at the next stop.

💪🏽Use your voice and say the things that need to be said to protect Black and Brown kids’ education.
💪🏽 Use student work data to reveal the gaps in processes that create educational gaps for kids and staff, such as the lack of knowledge of learning standards.
💪🏽 Ask the question, “How will this decision impact our kids?” before making decisions and to spark thinking. The goal is always less collateral damage for kids, always.
💪🏽 Be transparent with the data to foster comfort with the elephant in the room. Share it publicly. It increases accountability and sorts out those people who are about kids and those who are not.

What are you willing to accept for kids? What are the non-negotiables that guide your leadership?

Share below⬇️
[email protected]

12/15/2023

📣“I got next!”

The best thing to do growing up was go to the park to play handball. It was the pulse of the neighborhood. We would go as a group and talk about who would be whose partner if we were playing doubles or singles and joke as we left the bodega to get to the park. If you got there early enough, you could get a court on your own, but if you didn’t, you had to wait in line. The goal was to see how long you could stay on the court by serving back-to-back whoopings to opponents. It was so much fun!

✨Like a handball game, school leaders have the same goal: to win. Winning as a school leader means being strategic about spending your time or maximizing impact on students’ lives without burning out.

✨Similar to handball, a school leader has to be agile and adaptive to prepare for the unknown, which can set you back, but the goal is to come back and win.

✨Similar to handball, school leaders are dipping and dodging to avoid something or to prevent something from happening that could be counterproductive to the goal.

✨Similar to handball, school leaders are constantly strategizing the next move, like returning from a kill shot to win the game or quickly deciding how you will return the ball when you hear it’s been cut so that it tricks you to go in another direction. As a school leader, those pivots occur frequently, requiring agility, adaptability, and strategic thinking about the next step.

🤔Who do you have in your court to support you and catch those kill shots if you miss them?

📲Contact us today to discuss how DCT Consulting can empower you to lead and maximize your time confidently.

[email protected]

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