Since beginning the program in educational leadership, the school system for which I work has allowed me different leadership experiences. As such I recently overtook our school system’s crisis duties and subsequently planned a division-wide earthquake drill. After the drill I was instructed to submit an article to the local paper. Acting as a good employee I submitted a summary of the earthquake drill as it occurred in the county’s schools. Much to my surprise I found my submission printed verbatim in the local paper.
I had anticipated the paper would review my summary and one of its writers would craft an article. I had no idea my submission would be printed in the exact format in which I submitted it. In retrospect I’m very glad I carefully read my submission and edited it correctly! Until this incident I had no idea that a simple e-mail to the paper would simply appear in print! My take away lesson is to always write carefully, because I never know where my words might appear.