High School Principals' Meeting

November 2019

Clarity is a Leaders Best Friend!

Feedback is the breakfast of champions and clear expectations are the foundation for feedback. How clear are you with your staff? Take the quiz!

1. Do staff know your expectations for __________?

2. Do you provide examples? non examples?

3. Do you have non-negotiables? Do they know what they are?

4. Do you set due dates and deadlines?

5. Do you put it in writing?

6. Do you monitor around your expectations? Review?

Clarity is leaderships best friend. The clearer we are about what the expectations are for staff (and students) the more likely they will meet those expectations. When staff do not, then we can refer back to expectations with specific feedback.


Each week, Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability provides you with time sensitive, important information on student assessments and accountability. Don’t miss critical information -- Please click the following link for the October 31, 2019 edition of Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability.

6-12 Essential Literacy Practices

The purpose of this set of essential instructional practices for grades 6 through 12 is to improve Michigan students’ academic literacies and content learning at the secondary level. Professional development throughout the state can focus on these research-supported literacy instructional practices for regular use in the classroom.

Expert research suggests that 10 sets of practices outlined in this document can have a positive impact on both literacy development and conceptual learning of content. The consistent use of these practices in every Michigan classroom can make a measurable, positive difference in student learning and improve the state’s literacy achievement.

The document is available at www.literacyessentials.org

The ISD ELA Leadership group is working on creating resources for the ELA portion of the document.

Science Subject Area Meetings

So far the first cohort of Chemistry/Physical Science, Biological Sciences, and Physics/Physical Science have met. Teachers have had the chance to meet with colleagues from other schools and form a large learning and collaborative community.

Feedback from the participants has been very positive.

The second cohort in each of the subject areas will be meeting during this semester. The plan is to have two meetings per school year for each subject area cohort.

These meeting have been branded as workshops because that is exactly what they are. They are a time for the teachers to focus in and work together to find multiple ways of approaching instruction with the new science standards (Next Generation Science Standards) in mind.

They have the opportunity to share resources and brainstorm methods of instruction to engage all learners.

Please click on the link below to sign up for:

Chemistry Cohort 2 Workshop (this includes any introductory chemistry class such as physical science)


Biological Sciences Cohort 2 Workshop (this includes anatomy & physiology)


Providing teachers with this time pays great dividends in the classroom.

Dr. Tammy Pawloski Update and Debrief

We had a great day #2! Teams have received information on:

Strategy #1: Building Relationships

Strategy #2: Reducing Stress

along with a good background on poverty, neuroscience, action research and foundations.

Your team received:

Resources including video, slides and resources by email to assist their efforts as they plan to share with their staff

Your team needs to decide:

What and how will they share/continue to share with staff?

How they will implement Strategy #1: Building Relationships

What and how will they implement Strategy #2: Reducing Stress

The next session will be a WEBINAR on Monday, November 18th

More information coming!

Poverty Matters-A Listing of All Strategies

for a complete list of all of the strategies:


Career Quest a BIG HIT!

Genesee County's First Ever Career Quest

Wednesday, October 23rd


3,000 students

45+ schools

180 chaperones

50+ vendors

110 featured careers

50 special guests

6 counties

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Revised Social Studies Standards News

  • Approved by SBE June 2019 for immediate implementation
  • Revised MSTEP expected to be administered Spring 2022
  • PD Development Committee working on 5 year plan
  • Social Studies Teacher Leaders Meeting will focus on implementing revised standards

Biggest Changes

  • Infusion of C3 Framework and pedagogical shifts
  • Emphasis on essential practices for disciplinary literacy instruction
  • Middles School 6h grade is World Geography and 7th grade is World History and Geography Eras 1-4


Spelling Bee

Dear Principals, Curriculum directors and Spelling Bee Coordinators,

Below you will find links to the 2020 Genesee County Regional County Bee documents.

Registration is $50 per district and is due December 1, 2019. A fillable form will be sent at a later date for the names of the school winners.

Registration Form:





Melissa and Linda

Professional Development Opportunities

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NGSX Training Coming!

HOLD the phones! Our next NGSX Training will be:

  • December 5 and 6
  • January 8 and 9
  • January 21

Registration is coming!

Max is 24

8:00-3:00 p.m.

Continuous Improvement Conference: November 18 and 19

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AdvancED is now Cognia

Support Professional of the Year!

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