This post is part of a series for school leaders working on implementing large-scale, learning-focused school change. Your success depends not just on your technical knowledge about the initiative, but also how well you understand the three kinds of staff in your school (Yahoos, Yes Buts, and NFWs) and how their support needs differ.
The Yahoos are those folks who are always excited about new and interesting practices, programs and resources and are anxious to try them out in their own classroom.
This post focuses on how to best support Yahoos.
Yahoos are easy to support. They are largely self-sufficient, having lots of good ideas of their own and facility with identifying and tracking down resources.
When they do come to school leaders, it is generally for permission, for resources they can’t find on their own, or to authorize funding for resources.
The best way to support Yahoos is to find ways to say yes to their requests, or to help problem solve their needs. Once they have those, they are quick to return to working on their own.
You should be spending about 10-20% of your time supporting your Yahoos.
Next in the series: How we misunderstand Yes Buts