Weekly Inside Story
January 19-23, 2015
There are 26 workshops in this building this week
Region 7 ESC
DMAC Design & Delivery Coordinator
Administrative Secretary - Center for Technology Services
ELA Specialist, Middle School
Grant Accounting Specialist
Special Ed Specialist
EcoLand Education Specialist
Education Specialist - Head Start (2)
MIS Training Dates
Training in MIS Time Accounting and MIS Workshops is generally available each month…. All new personnel are required to attend the training as soon after employment as possible.
Please register for these January opportunities.
MIS Workshop Day 1 Jan. 21 Aspen 08:30 – 11:45 am Session # 043783
MIS Workshop Day 2 Jan. 26 Aspen 08:30 – 11:45 am Session # 043801
Momma Stump 5K & Fun Run
To: Morton, Sherry; Wall, Delinda
Subject: Re: LEAD/LEHGS
Sherry was AWESOME!!!!! I hate to keep sounding like a broken record. Not only did she deliver on her presentation, she was by far the best person I have heard in years regarding accountability. I feel that she has pulled the blinders off.
Because of her information today, we can make better plans to address our campus concerns. Her enthusiasm was contagious. I could go on and on. Again, I just wanted to say thank you and she was wonderful. I forgot to sign her sign in sheet. If it is okay with you, can you put my name on her sheet.
Kimberly T. Shumaker
Longview Early Graduation HS
This morning I was working with my administrative team on our PBMAS Improvement Plan and we were struggling to understand exactly what TEA was wanting as we worked with the document provided. I called Henryett Lovely Watson and she came to our rescue immediately. I am sure she had many other items on her calendar to address today, but she dropped it all and spent four hours with us. Her insight enabled us to create an improvement plan that will enable us to bring about the necessary changes we need in the areas we are performing below standard.
Henryett is an extraordinary educator that took the meaning of "service" to an all time high today. I wanted to let you know how much we appreciated her assistance. Thank you to all of your staff for being there when we need you.
Kilgore ISD Superintendent
To: Connor, Debbie
Subject: RE: Tyler ISD High School Counselors Meeting/Workshop sign in sheets 1/15/15
Thank you so much for your presentation today for our counselors.
You and your team were very information and helpful.
Lou Ann Evans
AVID Administrative Assistant
Guidance and Counseling Administrative Assistant
SHAC Administrative Assistant
Innovation…More than Creative Thinking
Excerpted from The Innovative Admin by Julie Perrine
Creativity is the mental ability everyone has. Innovation is producing action and results, in effect, implementation. Innovative thinking requires a change in the thought process altogether. It’s a systematic rethink of how we plan, engage, and solve problems.
In his book Orbiting the Giant Hairball, Gordon Mackenzie, who was once known as the “creative paradox” at Hallmark, tells how much he enjoyed visiting schools. He would typically set up in the gym and lead sessions with each grade level, beginning with the first graders and working up. When he spoke, he would note all the student art work he saw on the walls of the school and say how nice it was to be among so many other artists. Then he would ask how many artists were in the room. With the first graders, ever hand would go up enthusiastically. By the second grade, about half went up, just shoulder height. By the sixth grade, only a few would sheepishly raise their hands, apparently fearing the judgment of their peers.
That’s what we’ve done to ourselves, and continue to do to our children—with the best of intentions. We’ve been conditioned to suppress our creative impulses and with them our capacity to innovate. When the world was stable and predictable, this may have been adaptive. When we could learn a trade or a profession and get a job for life, having a fixed skill set and a head full of read answers was the path to success. But none of us lives in that world anymore. We live in a much more dynamic place where we need to constantly learn and unlearn and relearn, where imagination and insight are now our path to success and fixed ideas are almost certain to be inadequate. The behaviors we’ve been taught to suppress are now exactly the ones we need most!