Lakeview Staff Newsletter - June 22
Thank you, Mrs. Knapp
AGR Board Update
Where Teachers Thrive
"It is well past time to recognize the school as the pivotal organization it is. The school is where students can experience a coherent curriculum, a supportive and inspiring school culture, and consistent expectations from class to class and year to year. It is there that teachers can set common goals and pursue practices that, though distinctive, work in sync on behalf of their students. It is there that teachers can thrive" (247).
The affirming news is that we have so many of the practices in place at Lakeview that are recognized as essential to successful schools in the book (coherent curriculum, common planning time, strong hiring practices, and more).
You know that I have also been promoting the book Onward by Elena Aguilar. I did not plan to make a connection between these two books when I bought each, but it is so obvious to me now. Onward is about schools building resilient educators who thrive so that students may thrive. Where Teachers Thrive is about building schools where the inherent greatness of our individual educators is enhanced even more so that students thrive because of a coherent, impactful experience of "school".
Thinking about next year
Check out the article - if our philosophy about accelerating student learning is aligned as a school, our students will have a better chance of success in closing gaps this year.
What's Chris doing right now?
• Infinite Campus training - Roxanne, Cortney, and I are spending a lot of time online with our IC trainers as we make this switch. Thank you to Roxanne and Cortney for their work on this.
• Elementary Instruction Planning for next year - The first meeting of this team was last week. Thank you to Kristen Maes, Sarah Hartung, Tanya Fox, and Rachel Swick from Lakeview for being a part of this team.
• Next week, I'm "attending" the TC Reader's Workshop Institute. Although I'm not going to New York for this, I look forward to learning so much from Lucy and her team.
• Reading - a lot! As you can tell from above, I am absolutely loving the chance to read multiple books at a time on a daily basis. I haven't been able to do this in years and it feels so good. I do have some non-teacher books that I'm reading, too (still not great beach reads), and I am looking forward to the book club Sam, Brianne, and Kasia are facilitating on the book "White Fragility".
Facilitated Planning with Peggy Black
Update - I will be asking the new 2nd/3rd Special Ed teacher to join us in place of Bronwyn where listed below, so please continue to plan on attending.