August 20-24, 2018
Partnership & Equity Updates
Equity & Access Champion Update
Equity & Access Champions will reconvene on September 11, 2018, to kick off their year of learning. Equity development is experiential, and we appreciate your ongoing support for this time out of the building (4 face-to-face dates, including November 13, 2018, January 15, 2019, and April 16, 2019). Please help maximize the work of your Champion in a way that is appropriate for your site. Some successful approaches have included:
• Setting a goal based on the equity data for your site which include strategies: to close the achievement gap, eliminate disproportionality with referrals, include more voices and perspectives in the curriculum (helping ALL students see and value the contributions of a diverse population).
• Creating empowerment groups (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Gay-Straight Alliance, Girls Who Code) and using equity resources to fund supplies for these groups.
• Working with the Champion to provide bite-sized, “just in time” learning regarding issues that arise at your school.
• Ensuring that professional learning at your site includes an equity lens.
Please add the name of your Equity Champion here by August 24, 2018.
Progress with Partners
Partnerships continue to provide valuable support for schools. Last year, key partners supporting back to school drives and bashes approached us regarding a different process. From March 2018 to June, this evolved into Ready – Set – Supply! From our partner’s perspective, it was essential to
• eliminate duplication
• ensure supplies got to the classrooms and to teachers (so teachers weren’t purchasing out of pocket)
• create relationships with the schools that lasted beyond the supplies
We know the process was imperfect, and teams are already working on improving the process for next year, BUT
• partners collaborated (rather than competing for turf)
• partners donated record numbers of backpacks
• over 6,300 students received supplies (and they are still coming in)
• SPS engaged many first time donors
• Partner groups are committing to additional work with sites (Reading buddies, lunch buddies, activity nights)
Thank you for trusting us in this first effort (I still get a clutch feeling in my gut when I think about the sheer volume of supplies on the lists and your need to let parents know what they needed to buy).
We’ve noted several “fix-its” on our list, but what we REALLY want is your feedback. Given the partner’s desire (stated above), what worked? What can we improve? Add your input to the Google Form and help us improve. Thank you for trusting us in this first effort (I still get a clutch feeling in my gut when I think about the sheer volume of supplies on the lists and your need to let parents know what they needed to buy).
We’ve noted several “fix-its” on our list, but what we REALLY want is your feedback. Given the partner’s desire (noted above), what worked? What can we improve? Add your input to the Google Form and help us improve.
For educators who feel overwhelmed at the start of the year, these simple actions can help you get centered and focused
Open House Schedule
Please click here to provide information about your upcoming Open House. Dates to avoid are Sept 9-11 for Rosh Hashana.
Please click here to provide us with the name(s) of your lead teacher(s). Please provide by August 24th.
Open House Schedule
What differentiated exceptional leaders from great leaders, however, was not necessarily how to amend these characteristics but rather how to execute them better.
Who is doing your evaluation?
Dr Methvin: Batson, Carder, Grandon, Holt, Huffman, Manlove, Norman, Steingraber, Shevchuk, Streight, Tew, Travis, Webb, Webster, Young
Dr. Anderson: Bagwell, Boehmer, Masterson, Donaldson, Forrester, Fraser, Hopper, Magers, Daniels, Meador, Miller, Patton, Payne, Stallcup, Sublett, Valchev, Wagner
A great deal of time, energy, and collaboration went into the development of your Site Professional Learning Systems (SLPS) just a few short months ago. As we prepare to develop our growth plans for the new year you will want to review last year’s plans and ensure that they align to our kick-off focus on strong instructional programs and positive school climate and culture as outlined by both Dr. Anderson and Dr. Jungmann. Alignment of these plans at both the admin and teacher levels is critical to ensuring that our efforts are united and meaningful in purpose in order to impact student learning.
Building admin growth plans should consist of a district-centered goal connected to standard 2.2 (Instructional Programs - your must do) and an elementary-centered goal connected to standard 2.1 (Climate and Culture - your may do) -- with the option for a third goal connected to a standard of your choosing. Teacher growth plans should align to these same focus standards. Teacher standards aligning to instructional programs include 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3. Teacher standards that appear to be most aligned to climate and culture include 2.1, 2.5, and 5.3.
Growth plans for all teachers and administrators are due to be submitted in Tower by August 31st.
The most effective teachers turn to their colleagues for advice (while weaker teachers don't bother).
So many first day celebrations. A strong majority of you shared this was the best start ever! I know this didn't happen by chance; it was a result of preparation by you and your team. Thank you and kudos to you!
Continuing with Mike's blurb, as teachers are putting in their growth plans and you are reviewing them, know that Mike and I will also be reviewing your growth plans. We will connect with you during our first round visits. We are excited about the alignment we are seeing between classroom<->site<->district.
GSC has received numerous requests, specifically from elementary buildings, for student desks. We are unable to honor these requests, however, as there are no student desks in inventory. On the flipside, we are about ~150 elementary students down from last year. I suspect that a number of schools have a few too extra desks stashed away. While it's fine to keep some on hand for student movement, please check your site and avoid a possible hoarding intervention. Put in a work order to have extra student desks picked up and delivered to GSC.
Make it a great week!