Leadership Newsletter

January 18, 2016

How is it going?

Coming back from break is a reflective time of year that may lead you and your staff to ask the question, "How is it going?" Your goal, your focus, your target for the year (that you talked about in the fall) is important to revisit. What is your progress toward that goal? How will you know when you are "there"?

Revisiting goals lets your staff know that you have not forgotten, or let them forget your target for the year. You help to make them and yourself accountable for what you said in the fall. It also helps you and your staff to make mid-course corrections if the pace or the target is not being reached.

"So, how's it going?"

Have you been reading about Fixed and Growth Mindsets?

Here is a great info-video that illustrates the difference between

Fixed and Growth Mindsets.

View it Yourself

View it with Your Staff

View it with Your Students

View it with Your Parents

What would happen if students knew about this?

What would happen if the parents knew about this?

Must-Watch Video Of The Day: New RSA Animation Of Carol Dweck Talk

From edutopia, a Flipboard magazine by edutopia

I, and many others, always look forward to the infrequent release of an RSA Animated talk. They are visualizations of talks given by…

Read it on Flipboard

Spring 2016-Testing Schedule Update

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Key Dates to Remember:


School System Review (SSR) OR Interim Self-Assessment or Self Assessment

DUE March 18

School Improvement Plan (SIP)

DUE September 1


District System Review (DSR) OR District Interim Self Assessment or Self Assessment

DUE April 22

Assessment Links and Updates


MDE Link to all Things M-STEP


Update from Office of Assessment & Accountability

  • January 14: Spring 2016 Guide to State Assessments
  • January 7: Classroom Activities Eliminated, Pre-ID, Accommodations Webinar
  • December 17: M-STEP Building & District Aggregate Data Public Release
  • December 10: M-STEP Parent Reports, WIDA ACCESS for ELLs
  • December 3: Test Results Embargo Reminder, WIDA, Accommodations
  • August 20: News on 2016 M-STEP & MME, KEA Pre-ID

Professional Learning at GISD

January 2016

February/March 2016 ***** FIVE STAR RATINGS

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