the RAH

Feb 26 - Mar 2, 2018

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from Bret-

The Learning Coaches meet next week at Portland. Here is the draft agenda.

At the Delta team meeting this week, we discussed FRL/Discipline data found on this spreadsheet. This information would make for great conversations with your leadership team. Call me if you want to discuss this information and brainstorm ideas how you could present it to your teachers.

At our Learning, Accountability, and Innovation meeting on Friday, we again discussed number of finalized Tower observations per school. Please make sure you are on target to hit your goal found on this spreadsheet.

This 1 Habit Separates Successful Leaders From Others

This may be cringeworthy but the research doesn't lie.

from AAA

We are happy to announce the AAA Canvas page is now live! On our page you will find:

  • District Assessment Calendar
  • SPS Analytics (PowerBI)
  • Data Request Form
  • Training & Materials for district assessments
  • Historical Data
  • News & Notes from AAA


  • District MAP training required for all new STCs is February 27 from 8am – 11:30am @ KAC Rooms A & B
  • Come & Go MAP training for anyone is March 30 from 8am – 4:30pm @ KAC Room A
  • 3rd Quarter EOC Testing Window 2/28/18 – 3/8/18
  • WIDA ELL testing will close on Friday, March 2
  • NNAT3 testing for 2nd grade will close on Thursday, March 8

Data Bytes:

You may have noticed additions made to Power BI this month! SPS Analytics rolled out Attendance (90/90 and ADA), Discipline, and Enrollment 2/1, but we’re not done! Keep an eye out for more reports and enhancements moving forward into the spring. You can keep up with our progress and new deployments by following us on Twitter @SPSAnalytics and by being on the lookout for new issues of our newsletter SPS Analytics Club.

Personalized Learning Vs Personalization of Learning

Let’s just remember that in “personalization” is the word “person.” ... if it dehumanizes our schools, then we have forgotten that we are not only there to develop learners, but people as well.

from J-

The weather has made our 3rd quarter more interesting and less stable than we may otherwise prefer. Besides the four inclement weather days, there has been a sharp increase in the number of indoor recess days. Always tough. Thank you for your efforts in going beyond the grind to make make school a great place to learn and grow.

Many of you will be attending the upcoming MAESP conference, with the DP banquet on Saturday. The formal conference starts Sunday and goes through Tuesday morning. Kudo to the many of you who are presenting - SPS is well represented. Chip Wagner called me a few days ago, and is planning to host our dinner on Sunday evening. More to come on that.

A quick reflection on retaining students. Our general practice is to not retain them. Having said that, on occasion there is need to do so, and we have a few practices in place. Retention discussions should be happening now, not at the end of the year. Please reach out to me if you are considering retaining a student and need to be reminded of the process.

I am learning out of town through Tuesday night, and will be reaching out to a number of you upon my return concerning site openings and the direction that will be taken to fill them.

Have a great week!

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