Leaders in Learning

FUESD Administrators & Leaders, 9/6/13

What's Leaders in Learning?

What is Leaders in Learning? Well, it's that weekly paper bulletin that you might distribute to your staff each week, but this one is in a bright and shiny new digital format, and is intended for you, our district Leadership Team! This bi-weekly publication, created by Educational Services staff, is a way for us to learn about and share all of the exceptional things that are happening in our schools. This will be a place to communicate about upcoming events and reminders, and acknowledge the many effective ideas and practices in the district. Additionally, our hope is to provide teachers and leaders across the district with a tool to collaborate with one another. We've created headings around the ideas of The Leader in Me, so that we can continue to keep those ideas resonating. Aimee Plette has created a Leaders in Learning page for our teachers, so there will be lots of collaboration among us. Many thanks to Julie Norby, Director of Curriculum and Instruction in Solana Beach, for her ideas and motivation to get us going on this!

Think Win-Win

We only get one chance to prepare our students for a future that none of us can possibly predict. What are we going to do with that one chance?

--A quote from The Leader in Me

Begin With the End in Mind

Monday, September 9

  • CCSS Mathematics Bridge Work, Report Card Revision (TOSA's, Lea, Eric)
  • DELAC Meeting @ MEEC Rm. 206/207 6:00-7:30PM

Tuesday, September 10

  • All day Gateways Initial Training @ LOE, Rm. B13
  • 12:00 Principals Council (with Assistant Principals)

Wednesday, September 11

  • All day Gateways Initial Training @ LOE, Rm. B13
  • SuccessMaker Training @ DO Room 302 8:00 AM-11:00AM
  • Model Instructional Conference, LOE
  • 8:00 AM SES Provider Informational Meeting
  • 2:00 PM Attendance Clerk Meeting, D.O., Rm. 5

Thursday, September 12

  • 8:00 AM Bargaining Study Session, SSC, FETA, CSEA
  • All day Gateways Initial Training @ LOE, Rm. B13
  • All Day Common Core Math Planning @ SOS
  • DII Model Lessons @ MFP

Friday, September 13

  • DII Model Lessons @ MFP
  • Model Instructional Conference at PJH

Monday, September 16

  • Leadership Coaching, WHF
  • 6:00 PM Governing Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 17

  • 7:30 AM Team 1 Principals Walk-Thru at FSS (Jeff, Lilly, Julie, Bill)
  • TOSA Coaches Cadre, 8:00 a.m.
  • DII model Lesson, WHF
  • Leadership Coaching, MFP

Wednesday, September 18

  • Leadership Coaching, SOS

Thursday, September 19

  • 7:30 AM Team 2 Principals Walk-Thru at LAP (Chad, Joe. D., Joe K., Leonard)
  • Leadership Coaching, LOE

Friday, September 20

  • DII Model Lesson, LAP

Be Proactive

Thanks to Lea and our TOSA Team for creating school based displays in Rooms 5 & 6, the Professional Development Rooms at the District Office. They look terrific, and capture the unique spirit and accomplishments that are happening on each campus. Here are our first three!

Fallbrook Street and William H. Frazier have had recent Williams visits. For those of us who have seen what has gone on "behind the scenes," it wasn't easy! Though many hands have contributed to making these visits successful, special thanks to Lea Curcio, Stephenie Blinco-Martinez, Pam, Siliznoff, and Joe Kniseley!

Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

We know that our teachers are eager to explore what effective Common Core Mathematics instruction should look like in the classroom. Here is a link showing how third grade students share their thinking about math.


A good resource for school and district leaders for CCSS! http://www.edudemic.com/2013/06/the-busy-teachers-quick-common-core-guide/

Here's a great song about the Seven Habits to the tune of "Dynamite." Just an FYI... You'll need to change your school name!



  • After looking at the data collected from the Ed. Tech survey, the overwhelming area of need was......the one iPad in the classroom. So, here is a great article from Edudemic talking about just that! http://www.edudemic.com/2013/08/the-one-ipad-classroom
  • We have ordered the "MathRack" for students in Grades K and 1 to support their learning in DreamBox. http://www.mathrack.com

    The original arithmetic rack, is a DreamBox tool to support and stretch primary student’s mathematical strategies and in turn their understanding of number sense, addition, subtraction and problem solving. The MathRack enhances understanding and reinforces higher level counting strategies. MathRack supports invented strategies of students using moveable objects.

Sharpen the Saw

  • OK, folks. There is nothing like a good UCLA tailgate and football game to "Sharpen My Saw!" There are great recipes on this blog ... so even if you aren't a Bruin , enjoy these gastronomic delights. New recipes are posted after every UCLA home game. http://uclatailgategobruins.blogspot.com
  • How do you Sharpen Your Saw? We'd like to share how our FUESD leaders relax and and unwind, so be sure to send us your "best practices!"