Middle School Principals' Meeting

October 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.

GCI Grand Re-Opening

GCI Conference Center Open House is October 24th starting at 11:00 a.m.

Please RSVP (810) 591-3297 if you would like to attend.

You can call the main office if you would like to take advantage of this space (810) 591-4462

Student-Centered Coaching

Student-Centered Coaching is an evidence-based instructional coaching model that shifts the focus from ‘fixing’ teachers to collaborating with them to design instruction that targets student outcomes. Shifting coaching towards a data-driven approach increases the efficacy of teachers, coaches, and most importantly our students.

Participants will learn concrete strategies for implementing a coaching model that is grounded in student evidence. This will include an introduction to the core practices for student-centered coaching. We will also explore how principals and district leaders can take an active role in leading a coaching effort.

Please join us on Oct. 22 and 23 for this great learning opportunity.

Additional Information and Registration can be found by click here.

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.

Dr. Tammy Pawloski Update and Debrief

We had a great Kick-off! Teams received information on

Strategy #1: Building Relationships

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:

How they will share the project with all staff

How they will implement Strategy #1: Building Relationships

Will they implement by level, school or district wide?

How will you support?

Debrief yesterday

Poverty Matters-A Listing of All Strategies

for a complete list of all of the strategies:


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
  • Monday, October 14, 2019, MDE Standards Rollout Session
  • 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


Continuous Improvement Conference: November 18 and 19

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AdvancED is now Cognia

Support Professional of the Year!

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