DOBSON — Surry County Schools held its annual Leadership Team Retreat this week.
Over two days, 32 central office administrators and principals met together to build teamwork and leadership skills.
Events during the retreat centered on books by Mark Miller, the bestselling author and Chick-fil-A executive renowned for his expertise in leadership, noted Sonia Dickerson, director of communications, teacher quality and instructional media.
This was the fourth year the team focused sessions around Miller’s books, said Dickerson.
This year’s book was “Leaders Made Here,” which outlines a clear and replicable approach to creating the leadership bench every organization needs. In the past, the team read “The Secret,” “The Heart of Leadership,” and “Chess Not Checkers.”
To begin the retreat, Dr. Travis Reeves, school superintendent, showed the team an interactive question-and-answer video conference session with Mark Miller about the essentials of leadership skills and characteristics.
Since leadership is the cornerstone of every great organization, the team began work on developing a Leadership Framework for the Surry County School district, a plan to create a leadership culture for students and staff.
Dickerson said the team left feeling refreshed and ready to begin the 2017-2018 school year.
Staff development days start Aug. 21, and the first day of school is Aug. 28, one day earlier than last year.