Corey Strong is a member of The Broad Residency's 2017-2019 cohort.
wake up and listen to NPR or Sports Radio as I prepare for a morning run. I am absolutely horrible at getting up in the morning. I am a night person by habit but hearing the news from the day or scores from yesterday can get me to roll over.
I stretch and get in three miles to make sure I start the day with a good boost of energy and clear mind. I generally listen to gospel, salsa or rap on my run or during workouts. The music helps my brain work.
I drive to work. I love that the home I purchased several months before applying to The Broad Residency is five minutes from my job. That is not normal but certainly a blessing for me.
I arrive at work to review my tasks for the day. I text the Deputy Chief Financial Officer and one of the Business Ops Directors on next week’s county commissions meeting agenda to see if they believe capital budget items will get out of committee. I am involved politically at the local level and have been asked to support them when they go before committee.
My boss, the Chief Financial Officer, stops by to ask about progress on the school design process. Specifically, he wants to (and does) set up a meeting with the Chief of Schools to ensure there is a commitment to methodically define the issues my team will work on.
I meet with Director of Projects in Academics on my proposed agenda for the next school design meeting. It’s a small steering committee but she acts as my main thought partner and legacy memory on how past efforts have stalled.
The executive assistant to the Chief Financial Officer stops by to check on whether I have received submissions from other departments on our submission to the Council for Great City School Financial Awards.
I have lunch to catch up with a law school friend. I have to use lunches more to stay connected since my “after-school” time has become so limited.
I apply some updates for a request for proposal re-submission. It has been the lingering project because it is one of the first things I started working on over a year ago and has been prolonged and redone due to a number of issues.
I take a phone call from my Navy reserve center in California concerning one of my sailors. I am still responsible for my sailors even between our drill weekends.
I meet the Director of Human Capitol for coffee. We help each other remain sane.
I read some articles concerning design and school innovation sent to me by my boss.
I receive a call from the local paper concerning the local primaries. I am also the Chairman of my local Democratic Party and early vote ended yesterday.
I leave work to head to meet with my Party Communications Director.
I grab a burger and beer from a local watering hole while reviewing press releases.
I head home to grab some couch and finish watching the NBA playoffs. I make some personal calls or chat on Facebook while watching.
I happily “Superman” into my bed.
No workout today so a more generous wake up time. Normal morning routine.
I get to work and check email to see where some projects I am working on have landed.
I check in with the CFO who has written down some framing for our long term financial plan. We want to announce the effort to the School Board and County Commission next month with a good scope of where we are headed.
I visit with the Special Projects Director in Academics to discuss the new adds to the School Design Team. Academics has created a teacher leadership rubric for teachers to participate in Central Office teams and we are discussing the criteria we want included and the requirements for participation.
I work on the financial plan discussed earlier to turn it into an outline.
I order some BBQ nachos for lunch.
I work on an assignment for a meeting later today on Strategic School Design where we are looking at the school level planning process. We are currently looking at a reading about “collaborative service centers” and are expected to bring a definition to the meeting.
I meet with the Budget Manager concerning a project around under-enrolled elementary schools. He helps me to create a list of schools that we subsidize due specifically to under-enrollment and we pare down a list of 41 schools to a list of 15 to study further.
The sign-up link for YMCA games is released a day early to a select group of people and I take a call from a high school sports rival to get better people on the team than last year. I am the volleyball captain and he is the kickball and dodgeball captain. We want to have fun but we also want to WIN!
I attend the Strategic School Design meeting. My boss and I agree that I will work with Federal Programs to look at our current School Improvement Plan timeline as governed by the State Board of Education.
Get back to the office and wrap up some emails and leave for the day.
I head to the store to pick up provisions for Broad Session 5.5. Half of our cohort-mates are visiting 3 of our cohort-mates in Tulsa since there is a 6-month space between sessions 5 and 6. The Tulsa group has arranged two days of programming and I volunteered to cook the first night. I am prepping some of the food tonight since there will be 25-30 mouths to feed.
I get home and get the stove and oven ready. I am listening to some music and chatting with my brother who just moved back home. He first sent me the info on the Broad Residency 5 years ago so he’s interested in what I am doing in the program.
All the food is prepped and buttoned up and I pack for the drive to Tulsa tomorrow.
I watch some Sportscenter as I fade away for the evening.