Elementary Principals' Newsletter
August "Leadership in Action"-Follow up
- What were your thoughts on, The Leadership Challenge?
- What did you determine were some strengths?
- What did you notice were some areas to work on?
- How did you follow up?
Coming up in October is Creating a Positive Culture and Ensuring Student Success!
October 2nd. Make sure you have registered!
Routines & Procedures: Creating a Culture of Learning
How can classroom routines and procedures support teaching and learning? Have teachers brainstorm their top 3 strengths and challenges and share in small groups. Read this article from Edutopia. Teachers can take this short online quiz to assess their classroom management effectiveness, jigsaw an article or two and collaborate on ideas to build a stronger culture of learning.
Jigsaw a Book: The Highly Engaged Classroom
Increasing Our Success Stories
What can we do that is new or different to ensure more of our students are successful? A recent EdWeek article suggests that to keep students as the focus of our work, we can explore these three questions at the beginning and throughout the school year:
· How does the school experience we offer support each student in order for him or her to be a successful learner?
· How are we using the talents and abilities of the school faculty and staff to help support students get what they need in order to be successful learners?
· How can we recognize the differences in the needs of our students and what systems do we have (or can we put) in place in order to help more students experience success?
Here are some suggested activities for using this article with staff.
- 2014-15 K-12 budget bill: requires MDE to develop new summative assessments for Spring 2015 to replace MEAP and MME.
- These assessments will measure the Common Core State Standards, not the GLCE's and HSCE (except for SS and Science).
- The legislation is also requiring that an RFP be issued by September 1st for a new summative assessment system for 2015-16.
What will be tested:
- ELA & Math: grades 3-8 and 11
- Science: grades 4, 7 and 11
- Social Studies: grades 5, 8, and 11
Testing windows and approximate times:
- This update provides a summary of all required assessments and their approximate time
- The high school summative assessment window has been extended. See the Spring 2015 Testing Schedule Update: September 11, 2014 for current information.
- There were no details regarding the college entrance/work skills assessments yet--so there will be more hours of testing for 11th grade.
Articles and Resources of Interest
Relate, Repeat, Reframe -Dennis Sparks shares elements of professional learning that shape understanding and practice.