Jan 4 - 13, 2017
I hope you all had a great break.
The next Delta Team meeting is on Thursday, January 26th. Please send agenda items to your feeder pattern rep ASAP.
Reminder – During my next round of site visits, I will be collecting Tower information on Administrator Standard 3.
I found this interesting in which Generation Z students perceptions’ are compared with teachers’ perceptions about multiple constructs. Many of the slides compliment the Ignite and Explore initiatives.
I have been attending the Senior Leadership Series on managing difficult students led by J, Phyllis, and Stephanie Davison. The book provided is here and it’s a quick and easy read. One of the most powerful sections of the book is a simple explanation for why students misbehave. The authors surmise it centers on 4 issues: (1) attention – either a student gets too little or too much attention, (2) power or control – a student feels like he/she has little power or control in the school setting, (3) competence – the work is either too hard or too easy for the student, or (4) belonging – the student does not feel he/she belongs to the school community. The book is full of strategies to manage student behaviors. A particularly easy one to share with teachers is the 2 X 10 method described here.
At the last AP Cadre meeting, we discussed religion in public schools, school budgets, risk management, and search and seizure.
For our next Elementary Learning meeting, station presentations will include: (1) Amy St. John with assessment updates, (3) Jesse Hiett with math strategies, and (4) Gary Tew with 30 second feedback for teachers.
Research shows that a mindset toward growth and learning, no matter how old you are, is a significant predictor of success.
BOE Study Session
Tuesday, Jan. 10th, 5:30pm
1359 East Saint Louis Street
Beyond the state conference, I'm looking into taking small teams to two national conferences. One is the Model Schools Conference, this year held in Nashville, TN from June 25-28. You can find information about this conference by clicking here.
The other national conference is the 2017 National Principals Conference. This is the first year that NAESP and NASSP are combining for a join conference, which will be July 9-11 in Philadelphia, PA. You can find form information about this conference by clicking here.
Dr. Dublin and I are excited about the possible opportunity of taking a K-12 team to these conferences. Please be aware that recent/past conference attendance will be reviewed, as we want to ensure leaders get an equitable opportunity to attend. If you are interested in putting your name in the hat to attend either of these conferences, please click here. The window is open through Friday, Jan 20th.
Over the break there were so many great short reads I came across. Please select and read as you have a few minutes. They are linked throughout the newsletter. The theme appears to be a reconnection to our beginning of the year discussion and challenge for us all to be learners this year.
Great to have you all back! 2017 will be a fantastic year - if you make it so :)
Education is an investment in yourself. One that can pay you more dividends than anything you will ever invest in.
Senior & Elementary Leadership Team
Wednesday, Jan. 11th, 8:30am
1359 East Saint Louis Street
What are you juggling?
Over the break, I came across this piece written by the CEO of Coca-Cola. There is some fantastic advice here. Read it, let it sink in, then read it again. Most important, apply it. -J
"Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them - work, family, health, friends and spirit and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls - family, health, friends and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.
- Don't undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.
- Don't set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.
- Don't take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.
- Don't let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live ALL the days of your life.
- Don't give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
- Don't be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us each together.
- Don't be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
- Don't shut love out of your life by saying it's impossible to find. The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.
- Don't run through life so fast that you forget not only where you've been, but also where you are going.
- Don't forget that a person's greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
- Don't be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.
- Don't use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.