People sometimes ask me just how big of a jerk can I be. In truth, they don't use the word "jerk", but I'd like to keep the blog family-friendly.
Well, I think I may just have an answer. Over the next few days I will be writing e-mail messages to every person who is serving as a project manager on a Strategic Plan project and asking them some very pointed questions about the progress that they are making on their project. Most, if not all, of the projects are woefully behind the schedule set in the Strategic Plan itself. Moreover, every single project is out of compliance with the Community Engagement Protocols finalized in October. I'll be asking them pointed questions about that also. Ironically, the Community Engagement projects are also out of compliance on these protocols.
I know that makes me a pretty big jerk, but here's the element that puts me over the top into a league of my own: I'm also contacting every person named as the Executive Sponsor of a project and asking them pointed questions about how they are holding the project manager accountable. I will be asking them to specifically name the steps they have taken to require the project manager to meet the timelines set in the Strategic Plan document and to name the steps that they have taken to require the project manager to comply with the Community Engagement Protocols. I will ask them how having accountability is any different from NOT having accountability. THAT'S how big of a jerk I am!
But wait - there's more! When these responses start coming in - and I fully expect to get responses to these messages - I will critically review them and possibly send follow up questions. You can be sure that I will be contacting the superintendent and the Board with the results of this little investigation into "accountability" as practiced at Seattle Public Schools. I will be asking them pointed questions about their role in holding people accountable and their fetish for talking about accountability as contrasted with their stunning lack of action in support of it. Now how big of a jerk am I? Don't answer yet.
Finally, I will not only publish my findings here on the blog, but I will also share them with the Seattle media and encourage them to run a story about how the Emperor Has No Clothes and the District has no Accountability. I will beat this drum just as loud and as long as I possibly can. Now how big a jerk am I?
And what - WHAT? - could this possibly accomplish? Maybe, just maybe, it might remind people to do their jobs and encourage them to do their jobs because, even if no one in the JSCEE watches or cares about whether they actually fulfill their commitments to the community they ostensibly serve, we are watching and we care. We, the stakeholders, the community, care about whether they fulfill their commitments to us.