The Reason a Pie Has Eight Slices

Session notes from “The Reason a Pie Has Eight Slices,” led by Katy Kennedy.

What were the speaker’s main messages?

Initially, I joined the session in hopes of finding ways to be more efficient with my time and prioritize the many pieces of the pie. However, the main message was not about all we have to do but rather to find and connect with those who understand, can relate, and are there to pick you up. She shared scenarios in which her friend supported her and how they schedule time to get together and actually have pie. “Everybody needs someone to pick them up or celebrate with them.”

What was the speaker’s best quote?

“I run with scissors and I color outside the lines.”

What were the top ideas from the session?

  • In her genuine way, Katy told us to choose not to be isolated and to choose not to be alone. The principalship can be a lonely position. She encouraged us to think about our circle, our tribe, and reminded us that we need to have people. A quote she shared by Stephanie Bennett-Henry really encapsulated the need for connections. “Your tribe is filled with the ones who see you hit bottom and stay with you until you climb back to the top of yourself again.”
  • Spend time with people who bring you joy. She stressed that we make a choice to identify and find our connections. “Who do you want to share your pie with? Who are your people? Within your district, your building, state and national organizations, classmates, book clubs, virtual, PD, classes.”
  • Schedule time to meet with that someone who understands. Put it in your calendar and keep that connection. It gives you something to anticipate.

I can’t wait to tell my teachers about this idea:

She had us do a sharing activity with various memes. “Let’s Go Meme-ing” got us up and talking. I definitely will try a similar activity with my staff. 

What is one strategy I will implement immediately?

We all know that it is difficult to get to all the pieces of the pie and self-care takes a backseat. An important step that I plan to follow through on is to cultivate those relationships and schedule that time. Who are your crew? Who are your peeps?

Notes by Cheri Sacco, Orchard Farms Elementary School, in Cranston, Rhode Island.