the RAH

May 20-24, 2019

from J & Mike-

Staff Device Collection

As staff exit employment from SPS as either retirees or moving onto other opportunities you will collect their district issued laptop and enter a work order for these devices to be picked up by information technology. These devices will be repurposed next fall. If you have a staff member that is not returning next year but is working Explore they will return their laptop at the end of Explore.


iReady EOY Results

A huge congratulations to you and your teams for successfully completing the assessment window for MAP and iReady. Your students and teachers have been working hard to finish the year strong and wrap-up these last few weeks of “showing what they know.” One of the great things about iReady is that we get immediate EOY results that allow us to give feedback to our teachers about the progress their students have shown from when they took the BOY and MOY assessments.


The early returns show some great celebrations across the district and we look forward to the chance to dive further into these results as we make plans for next year. Be sure to take time to share your school’s results with your teachers and identify celebrations -- they deserve it!


PBIS for Principals Workshop

Next Thursday and Friday mornings we are hosting our half day of PBIS learning for all principals and assistant principals. IMPORTANT: Please bring your school calendars as we will schedule a date to meet briefly with your staff after school one day next fall to introduce PBIS and outline the launch process. Below are the details for the event.


WHAT: PBIS Learning for Administrators

WHO: All elementary principals and assistant principals

DATE: May 23 or 24 (you already selected one)

TIME: 8am-Noon

WHERE: Cherokee Middle School Library


Donuts and coffee will be provided at 8am with learning kicking off at 8:30am. Again, please bring your calendars to schedule a date to meet briefly with staff next fall.

Last Day with Students

Tuesday, May 21st, 8am

District Wide

2 hour early release for all students-

Learning Development & Learning Support partnership

Learning Development and Learning Support would like to update you on a new partnership in support of teacher learning and site collective efficacy. Previously Blended Learning Mentors, Master Learner Institute, and SPSConnect (Teacher Track) have been offered to build capacity for site-based teacher leaders. Next year we will be combining efforts to create a single program aimed at improving system alignment and providing a coherent structure to deliver professional learning to teacher leaders.


We will provide more information to you in July regarding program format, selection process, and content overview. Blended Learning Mentors and Master Learner participants will be receiving similar information prior to the end of the school year. At this time there are no additional next steps for you as a leader, but reach out to Nicole or Allison if you have any questions.


Thank you!

Nicole Holt and Allison Pilley

The Case for Finally Cleaning Your Desk

May be fitting for End of Year purge...

Tip of the Week!

In a few weeks, your team will have a clear plan for adult learning in the 2019-20 school year. After that, the ongoing work of implementation will begin. Healthy implementation starts with a clear image of what success looks like, and it is sustained by communicating small wins, reiterating goals, and honestly discussing the complexity of deep change.

How might you create frequent opportunities for your faculty to reflect on their progress toward your site’s goals?

What might you need to be aware of as you discern how implementation of learning is going for your teachers?

The article linked here explores how a continuous cycle of improvement and sustain long-term implementation of learning.

EOY Gathering

Tuesday, May 21st, 4:30pm

305 South Market Avenue

Springfield, MO

Looking forward to seeing you Tuesday afternoon. We will start with some end of year needed business, move into SAESP business, then enjoy some social time!

GOCSD 2019 PLC Summit

The below information has been shared previously, and is is completely optional. The $750 price tag is generally the cost for one person; this gives you a team of five. You may want to consider bringing a site team, or attending with a team of your peer principals. -J


Troy Gobble is principal of Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Illinois. He previously served as assistant principal for teaching and learning at Stevenson. Troy taught science for 18 years and served as the science department chair for eight years at Riverside Brookfield High School.


Stevenson has been described by the United States Department of Education as “the most recognized and celebrated school in America” and is one of only three schools to win the USDE National Blue Ribbon Award on four occasions. Stevenson was one of the first comprehensive schools designated a New American High School by the USDE as a model of successful school reform and is repeatedly cited as one of America’s top high schools and the birthplace of the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ process.

Troy holds a master of science in educational administration from Benedictine University, a master of science in natural sciences (physics) from Eastern Illinois University, and a bachelor’s degree in secondary science education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


GOCSD has partnered with Solution Tree to offer this high quality professional learning opportunity. Join us for this two-day professional learning event for teams of 5. The two-day event will include the following.

Day 1 - This all day general session facilitated by Solution Tree leader Troy Gobble for all PLC Summit attendees will focus on culture, climate, the whys and hows of PLCs, etc.

Day 2 - On day 2 you may attend any or all of these three breakout sessions that Troy will offer addressing:

· The PLC beginner level

· Another session for those who have been involved with PLC for a while and want to know more

· A third session for those who are ready to advance to a PLC leadership role in their school or district.

In addition, other optional breakout sessions will be offered by GOCSD membership leaders on Day 2.

Date: July 25 - 26, 2019

Time: 9:00a.m. - 3:30p.m.

Location: Kickapoo High School 3710 S Jefferson Ave, Springfield, MO 65807

The $750 Team Registration fee for 5 includes lunch and morning coffee on both days. School districts who do not have enough individuals for a complete team may partner with another district to make up a team of 5.

Click here to register your team(s) of 5!