the RAH

Dec 11-15, 2017

from J

I read an article recently titled In Praise of the Incomplete Leader. It addresses the myth of a complete leader. A paragraph that stood out to me:


"No one person could possibly stay on top of everything. But the myth of the complete leader (and the attendant fear of appearing incompetent) makes many executives try to do just that, exhausting themselves and damaging their organizations in the process. The incomplete leader, by contrast, knows when to let go: when to let those who know the local market do the advertising plan or when to let the engineering team run with its idea of what the customer needs. The incomplete leader also knows that leadership exists throughout the organizational hierarchy—wherever expertise, vision, new ideas, and commitment are found."


What a great rephrase of having a growth mindset. It also drives the need tap into and collaborate with others who have various roles throughout the district. So many of you have brought curriculum, learning development and blended learning leaders out to your sites to support staff learning. You are also leaning on and learning from each other. While individually you may be incomplete, the collective efficacy of us will help us in our work to guide the learning and development of our students.



Have an amazing week! Looking forward to learning with you on Wednesday!

from Bret-

The final site list for Explore is here along with Explore calendar. We have begun placing administrators. Call me if you have questions about this process.


I met with the Learning Coaches on Thursday and that agenda is here.


The AP Cadre will meet at Jeffries Friday, December 15th.

Senior & Elementary Leadership Team

Wednesday, Dec. 13th, 8:30am

1359 East Saint Louis Street

Springfield, MO

From Equity & Access

The Equity & Access Team continues to refine their professional learning offerings based on site needs. Learning opportunities include:

  • What’s in Your Backpack (A monthly program for middle school Latino Hispanic students featuring guest speakers and themes to empower)
  • Empowerment (A bi-monthly program for middle school African American Males featuring guest speakers and themes to empower.)
  • Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts! Communicating Respectfully in a Diverse World (Avoiding Microaggressions) – 1-hour minimum/2 hour preferred)
  • It’s Not JUST About Being PC (Politically Correct) - 1 Hour minimum needs description)
  • Supporting LGBT Students…What’s Your Role? (1 Hour minimum)
  • Building Relationships with Diverse Parents (1 Hour minimum)
  • We Sang and We Marched (A 1-hour interactive presentation on the Civil Rights Movement which can be adapted for grades 1-8.


Beginning in January, learning options will be scheduled via this GoogleForm. We are also happy to customize learning based on specific site needs.

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from Curriculum

Upcoming Learning Support Events

  • December 6 - TenMarks Training (8:00 - 3:30)

  • December 7 - Master Learner Institute Year 3 (all day Facilitators / ½ day)

  • December 14 - Club Encore Tutor Training (4:00 - 5:30 at Parkview)

  • December 18 - Club Encore Tutor Training (4:00 - 5:30 at KAC)

  • January 11 - Super CDC K-2 (8:00-11:00)

  • January 11 - Super CDC 3-5 (12:30-3:30)

  • January 17 - Number Talks (4:15 - 5:45)


Guided Math Connection

Last month we looked at Component 10: Closure. You can find the presentation with tasks you can use during site team meetings here and resources for all components on the Math Workshop button on the CIA Canvas page. Remember that closure can happen in many different ways and include many different components but should always include a connection to the grade-level objective or learning goal aligned to the Missouri Learning Standard.


Upcoming Math Opportunity

If you have not signed up to have teachers attend the Workshop from Graham Fletcher on April 3rd, please do so using this form. You may send two K-2 teachers for the morning session (8:00am - 11:00am) and two 3-5 teachers to the afternoon session (12:30pm - 3:30pm). The descriptions for the sessions are below. You can find out more about Graham Fletcher on his website.


Title: Harnessing the Power of the Purposeful Task (K-2)

Morning Session Description: In this session, we’ll explore the power of problem-based lessons and how they can be used as a formative assessment tool. In specific, we’ll look at the structure of problem based lessons and how these tasks can be used to build conceptual understanding of addition and subtraction.

By working through multiple tasks, we’ll develop an understanding of the purposeful moves that take place throughout a lesson. Participants will leave with an understanding of what 3-Act Tasks are and how to implement them in their classroom.

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Title: Harnessing the Power of the Purposeful Task (3-5)

Afternoon Session Description: In this session, we’ll explore the power of problem-based lessons and how they can be used as a formative assessment tool. In specific, we’ll look at the structure of problem-based lessons and how these tasks can be used to build conceptual understanding of fractions in the intermediate grades.

By working through multiple tasks, we’ll develop an understanding of the purposeful moves that take place throughout a lesson. Participants will leave with an understanding of what 3-Act Tasks are and how to implement them in their classroom.


Literacy Connection

Take time to celebrate writing! It is the time of the year when many celebrations are taking place. Teachers and students have worked throughout the semester to grow as writer’s. An important component of Writer’s Workshop is publishing and celebrating writing. Not only should students celebrate, but teachers should celebrate the growth their students have made as writers.


Lead by Example

  • Encourage teachers to bring samples of student writing to a faculty meeting or a grade level meeting. Take the time to celebrate student writing. A simple gallery walk will allow teachers to celebrate what they have done this past semester.

  • You can use one of Jennifer Servallo’s ideas, Publishing and Celebrating Writing, from The Writing Strategies Book.

Encourage teachers to leave compliments on a Writing Workshop Compliment Page.
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from Learning Development

As the end of first semester approaches, please take time to review your SAP (located in your SPLS@sitename google folder.) Some of the gray boxes we intentionally skipped previously, will soon need to be completed for each of your SAP indicators. This step of accountability is one way of monitoring the work that has been accomplished by intentionally taking time to reflect on what’s worked so far and what work remains for second semester. What’s your prediction about how closely you hit your mid-year targets?


Once you’ve taken some time to personally reflect, we will have some time during the January Job Alike Meeting to talk about your semester checkpoint and actions. If you need a quick reminder of what SPLS is, use this link. Remember that specifying a focus, aligning learning to the focus, and collecting data to monitor progress is a process we follow for growth. How might you hold yourself and your teachers accountable for the desired action steps and progress? Thank you for your leadership in this important work. We appreciate the opportunity to support your efforts, so don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or requests!
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