Emerging Leaders News

Biweekly Newsletter Feb 1, 2016

Starting strong is good. Finishing strong is epic. -Robin Sharma

We all began this journey with passion and enthusiasm. However, it is how we finish the race that truly defines us. As we continue to go through the "busy season", make sure you maintain your momentum. Stay passionate, stay focused, trust the process, and execute with precision. Your team and your students need you. You are on the home stretch Emerging Leaders and you can finish strong!

Action Items

1. Complete your self-assessment survey. DUE NOW! Link here: https://nlns.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bKP3rZYKmfIXDGl

2. Make sure your team has completed the Teacher Survey. Survey results will be released around Feb. 10. DUE NOW!

You can find the link here: https://nlns.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2gy3coQpszztUoZ

3. Assignment 3 is due on Feb. 13. Please plan accordingly to have it completed on time.

4. Review the schedule for Learning Meeting #2. If you are not listed on the schedule, you must wait until Cycle 6 session to sign up for an available time. You can view the schedule here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/16XDFPTEAEqVqeHDcx1hlw_bWRsxBE7ScrARCXNUgMY8/edit?usp=sharing

5.View the Cycle 6 Webinar available in Canvas.

6. Interview your Principal and submit the responses to Dr. Tracy.

Learning Meeting #2

Learning Meeting #2 Purpose: This meeting is expected to last around 80 minutes.

Meeting Outcomes

 To assess all 5 program standards

 To give Emerging Leaders an opportunity to practice a stand and deliver on “Realizing the Vision” prior to Learning Meeting #3

 To review action steps taken to address growth areas since Learning Meeting #1, team dynamics/ corresponding leadership moves, change management and progress toward Instructional Leadership SMART goal

 To set Emerging Leaders up for success in adjusting strategies needed to overcome adaptive challenges with their team and perceived barriers to achieving desired student outcomes

 To provide Emerging Leaders with direct feedback on their progress in the program thus far and areas for continued growth

Prior to the meeting, the Emerging Leader should:

  • Review the Program Standards
  • Prepare a 5-10 minute presentation—“Realizing the Vision”

a. Provide a brief summary of your team’s progress toward realizing the vision set at the beginning of the year; including progress to your Instructional Leadership SMART goal

achievement and how you have influenced that urgency, engaging others to take responsibility for results

b. Present evidence of how your team has demonstrated a sense of urgency around driving student

  •  Update and upload the latest version of your Strategic Plan to Canvas and be prepared to discuss any adjustments you have made to the plan
  •  Prepare a list of Team Accountability Practices agreed upon and implemented by your team
  •  Reflect on your team’s work with the DDI cycle to date: Where is your team in the cycle? What challenges has your team faced? What will your team do differently in the future?

Artifacts to submit: On Google Drive, locate your folder and upload these documents to the folder prior to your meeting

  • Updated Strategic Plan

  • Updated Annual Progress Monitoring Document

  • Updated Individual Growth Plan

  • Completed DDI Calendar for the School Year

  • Completed FAST Form(since the last Learning Meeting)

  • One Completed Corrective Instruction Action Plan Form(CIAP)(since the last Learning Meeting)


At the heart of the Perspectives curriculum is the Central Text Anthology, a carefully curated collection of rigorous texts that exemplify anti-bias themes and meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards.

The texts encourage students to question common understandings, consider multiple viewpoints, analyze and critique power relationships, and act to change unfair and unequal conditions.

In addition to written informational and literary texts, the Anthology includes multi-media texts (film clips, pod casts, interviews) and visual texts (cartoons, charts, photographs). Each text within the Anthology has been quantitatively analyzed for CCSS grade level and mapped toPerspectives themes and anti-bias standards. Log in and use the advanced filter to identify texts appropriate for your teaching goals. For more detailed information about how to select a text, click here. To download a complete list of texts in the Central Text Anthology, click here.

Lesson Planning Resource

Planning an Inferencing Lesson/Unit

This resource helps you build a unit on inferencing that can be used with any grade level. It includes strategies and student activities.