WLCSD Galileo Alumni Newsletter

October 2016

The Galileo Leadership Consortium will advance the development of

teacher leadership to ensure high levels of learning for all.

Welcome to our Newsletter

We will be publishing this newsletter to keep you up to date with the happenings of the Galileo Alumni Board, which meets about 4 times each year. We hope you will enjoy the newsletter and find it useful!

Read to Lead: Recommendations from Joyce

Leadership Reading

If you loved Simon Sinek's TED talk "How Great Leaders Inspire Action" or his first book Start With Why, you will want to read his latest book Together is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration.


As a self described optimist, Sinek believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. The small book explores leadership, cooperation, trust and change in a simple story.


I found it to be a great resource filled with powerful quotes. It would be a terrific gift to give to anyone serious about transformational leadership.


Power Quote: "Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion."



Instructional Reading

Make Just One Change by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana is one of my new favorite books this fall! The authors stress the importance of teaching students how to ask their own questions and provide a step-by-step process-Question Formulation Technique (QFT)-for teaching sophisticated thinking skills to all students.


The book provides many terrific examples from primary, elementary and high school classrooms across all subject areas in a wide range of communities. Teachers found the strategy energized their students and helped them become independent thinkers and self-directed learners.


I am a raving fan of QFT! It teaches students to THINK in questions and change learning to have more meaning, purpose and JOY!


Power Quote: "Formulating one's own questions is the single most essential skill for learning and one that should be taught to all students."

Galileo Fun Fact

The University of Pisa hired Galileo as a professor of mathematics, but because he was difficult to work with, the university chose not to renew his contract.


Leadership Lesson: We might know an awful lot of really good information, and if we fail to share it in a way that helps everyone grow, we aren't going to get very far.

Keep Finding JOY

At the summer Galileo Conference, we were challenged to "Find your Joy". How are you finding Joy in your teaching? Send Michelle Black what you have tried and we will feature it in our next newsletter!
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Twitter Chat

Please join the Twitter Chat on 10/18/16 that will honor Mary Jane Schau. The title of the chat will be, "Carrying the Torch of Leadership: A Tribute to Mary Jane." Hope many WLCSD Galileo Alumni will be able to join the chat from 8:30-9:30.

Walled Lake Galileo Leaders

Melody Arabo

Julie Archer

Traci Benjamin

Kristen Berry

Michelle Black

Brian Blackney

Carolyn Brown

Michelle Casey

Angela Colasanti

Terri Crowther

David Deluca

Michelle Fiebke-Lang

Joan Garretson

Kimberly Granger

Sandra Gresh

Margaret Haver

Helga Henn

Mark Hess

Dan Holland

Kevin Joseph

Cyrena Keating

Anita Konja

Caron Lablanc

Dan Love

Ben Malonis

Mary Kay Marks

Karrie Martin

Kaye Lynn Mazurek

Cynthia Nickel

Margaret Price

Kristin Rendi

Constance Roberts

Cathy Russel

Pamela Shoemaker

Kelly Smith

Robert Vogt

Jeri Weems

Giannina Zapatero

WLCSD Alumni Meetings

We would like to continue with our Semi-Annual WL Alumni meetings. Dates and topics coming soon!