Day in the Life
Edwine Michel

About Edwine

Edwine Michel
The Broad Residency 2018-2020
Director – Recruitment & Retention
Palm Beach County Schools

Edwine Michel is a member of The Broad Residency's 2018-2020 cohort and serves as Projects and Programs Lead at the School District of Palm Beach County.

Jul 30
6:00 a.m.

I start the day off by checking my phone for urgent emails. They’re rare, but I do get them occasionally. I then check the news, twitter, and stock prices.

7:30 a.m.

On my drive to work, I usually listen to a podcast or audiobook. To prepare for a “creative” day at the office, I may specifically listen to an episode of EducationNext’s EN or The Education Exchange and/or Harvard EdCast. Today I choose the audiobook “Class Warfare” by Steven Brill.

8:30 a.m.

I send some emails about yesterday’s meeting to team members and answer a call about a process map that we are creating for our performance excellence governance structure.

8:45 a.m.

I stop by a colleague’s desk to grab some Cuban coffee on my way to a planning meeting. The meeting goes well, and we are ready to publish the updated process map. I fire off some emails about teacher demographics on my walk.

10:30 a.m.

I prep some slides for an 11am strategic planning meeting, and receive a call that pushes up my 2pm meeting with a Board Member to 11am. I rush to the office of one of our Directors to ask if we can re-schedule.

11:00 a.m.

I meet with the Board Member. We have an informative conversation about the role of community engagement and partnership in building a talent pipeline for our district. I am eager and excited to share some lessons learned from a recent Broad EPEx conference on the same topic. I run into my Chief and we take a walk to his office to discuss our retreat. He shares some key ideas, and I get back to my desk to update slides.

12:13 p.m.

I walk to the cafeteria with a colleague, and we discuss preparing for the new school year.

12:30 p.m.

I get back to my desk and have a working lunch to prepare supporting documents for a 1 pm meeting with HR leadership.

1:00 p.m.

I meet with leadership about our recent performance assessment, and we develop a strategy and action plan for closing gaps.

3:30 p.m.

I stop by to see a team member about taking lead on an initiative for the Division and I am joined by a colleague to have a broader discussion about role assignments. I am inspired by the candidness and motivation of my colleagues.

4:15 p.m.

I stop by our Benefits department to assist my colleague with onboarding her with her new initiative.

5:30 p.m.

I update the presentation for our retreat and send it off to leadership. I am fairly satisfied with the way it turns out and hope that this will kick-off a successful beginning of the year environmental scan and goal setting session.

6:30 p.m.

On my way home, I take a call about our upcoming organizational changes and brainstorm mitigating the impact of uncertainty to morale.

6:45 p.m.

My daughter tackles me with a hug and I have dinner with her while watching her favorite show, “Sophia the First.”

7:00 p.m.

I remember to do a few sets of push-ups as part of my participation in the Whole Life Challenge and spend the rest of the night writing this Journal Entry and completing my Broad Residency Year One paper for tomorrow.

9:15 p.m.

I am on twitter again and am excited to see that Ibram Kendi new book, “How to be an Anti-racist”, will be coming out soon. I also notice that a favorite author of mine, Edwidge Danticat, is releasing a new book as well.