And The Journey Continues...

Pressing Forward With School Improvement

Greetings Focus School Colleagues,

It is hard to believe we are entering our third year together as a Focus School Collaborative.

The possibility of coming off the "Focus List" at the end of the 2014-2015 should compel us all to view "this year" with a sense of urgency. This year will be about building sustainable capacity, deepening the understanding of what "Highly Effective" schools "know" and "do," and taking "ownership" of the School Improvement Process.

Keeping Our Hands To The Plow....

Tentative Focus School Collaborative Training Dates:

Session 1-Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Session 2-Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Session 3-Friday December 5, 2014

Session 4-Thursday, January 29, 2015

Session 5-Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Session 6-Wednesday, April 29, 2015

This year we will be drilling deeper into TKES/FIP and the work of the Principal.

Therefore we ask that Principals be the target audience and attend each session.

As part of the training this year, we will be going into schools as a Collaborative Team to observe and collectively calibrate our findings to ensure a deep understanding of what is involved in highly effective instructional practice.

I look forward to getting back into the schools and working shoulder-to-shoulder with each of you. I will see you soon!

Thought For The Day:

When it comes to following through on your overall purpose, there are no rest time outs. Each action-by each person, each day-either supports the mission or it doesn't. And for highly effective teams, NOT supporting the mission is unacceptable; failure is not an option

Got Collective Accountability??

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