the RAH

Oct 9-13, 2017

from Bret-

Terre Redmon, a local author, has again offered her services to read to classrooms. Here is the blurb she provided me: I have two power point presentations about how I became an author and how to learn to read using pictures. All three books have been published and I have copies available. This is just a hobby for me and I enjoy talking to the children and sharing my story so there is no charge. The titles of the books are:

Labradors for Life: Dallas Becomes a Mom

Labradors for Life: Hoss and Cali Learn to Swim

Labradors for Life: Cali Finds the ABC’s

If you are interested in reaching out to Terre, her phone number is 417-827-3141 and her e-mail is

Effective School Correlate #7 is Home-School Relations which includes:

· Schools understand and value the importance of parent/guardian support.

· Schools understand that many parents/guardians are lacking skills to provide support to their children. Yet, schools still seek these parents’/guardians’/support.

· Schools have a well thought out strategy for engaging parents/guardians in schools with high FRL.

· Schools are not afraid to meet/engage with parents in neighborhoods, where many feel more comfortable than coming to school.

The draft of the Elementary Learning meeting for next week is here.

Some of you have asked why CDC reps are paid a stipend AND provided subs. While CDC reps are provided subs for CDC meetings, there are expectations for these teachers outside of the meeting time. Please refer to this job description sent at the beginning of the school year for expectations of the position.

Senior Leadership followed by Elementary Leadership Team

Wednesday, Oct. 11th, 8:30am

1359 East Saint Louis Street

Springfield, MO

Looking forward to our learning together.

Lunch will be provided.

Curriculum Updates

Literacy Connection

Teachers received The Reading Strategies Book and The Writing Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo to help them plan and implement reading and writing mini-lessons during Reader’s Workshop and Writer’s Workshop. A copy was also provided to the school library for those that did not receive the book. The lessons have also been scanned and linked in Canvas for The Reading Strategies Book and The Writing Strategies Book. Below is brief walkthrough of each book that could be used in a grade level meeting or a staff meeting.

Lead by Example

Use a staff meeting to introduce and model one of the reading or writing strategies from the new books. Here are two examples that you could use to process information at a meeting:


We have purchased several new books for your Professional Library at your site this year for Numeracy. They should be arriving within the next month. These are all wonderful texts that we believe will support you in your work this year. We will be offering sessions on Number Talks and Math Workshop during SPS Now in November if you would like more information on the concepts and procedures referenced in the texts. (below are cover pics of the books coming your way)

Guided Math: Numeracy Rich Environment

A great quote from Guided Math in Action is “Math workshop is a space where you make thinking visible.”

Although a numerate environment is rich in anchor charts, math tools, math literature, student work, student journals, etc. It is also so much more. A numerate environment consists of the language we use with students, the questions we ask to promote discourse, students sharing strategies and participating in critiquing the reasoning of others, mathematical vocabulary and peer feedback. It is the community of mathematicians that we have built and all of the artifacts and scaffolding that go with it.

As you visit classrooms, look...but also listen. What do you hear that tells you that this classroom has a Numeracy Rich Environment?

The Keys to Classroom Management

Of all the variables, classroom management has the largest effect on student achievement.

Upcoming Learning Support Events

  • October 12 - Super CDC (K-2: 8-11; 3-5: 12:30-3:30)

  • October 12 - Treasures of the City (2nd Grade 5:30-7:45pm)

  • October 12 - Fractions, Fractions, Fractions (4:15 - 5:15)

  • October 20 - Explore Curriculum Revisions (8-3:30)

  • October 25 or 26 - Integrated Units 3 & 4 Training (2 Options, will be offered again at November SPS Now)

  • November 8 - Rekenreks (4:15 - 5:15)

  • November 9 - Split Grade Level Classroom Teacher Support (4:15 - 5:15)

  • November 15 - Number Talks (4:15 - 5:15)

  • November 16 - Master Learner Institute Year 1 (Literacy 8-11; Math 12:30-3:30)

  • November 17 - Explore Curriculum Revisions (8-3:30)

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from J-

This week I've been reading the Seven Transformations of Leadership by David Rook & William Torbert. One of their concepts caught my attention. As we become experts in our work, we often become saddled with managerial duties, which can estrange us from the work that we love. To me, the message is clear: as we build our capacity, it's still heart over smart. If you are feeling bogged down with the daily grind, ensure you are making time for meaningful, personal connections with your staff and students to keep your why in front of you.

Looking for teaching strategies? The School Improvement Network offers a teaching strategy of the week. There may be something of value/interest to you or your staff. Take a closer look by clicking here.

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday! Make it a great week!

Tomorrow's skills

The most important skills of tomorrow, according to five global leaders