the RAH

October 19 - 23, 2015


Board of Education Study Session

Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 5:30pm

1359 East Saint Louis Street

Springfield, MO

Senior Leadership Series

Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 8am

1359 East Saint Louis Street

Springfield, MO

Tech Tools Leadership Series in Tuesday, 10/20 & Wednesday 10/21 at KAC, 8-10 am both days, for those who are participating in this series.

from Mayor Range-

This week, I attended a Summer Learning Conference in Baltimore with others from SPS. Two takeaways include: (1) Getting under-resourced students enrolled in summer school is critically important for students’ families and the communities in which they live. Under-resourced students who are not provided an engaging summer experience, complete with meals, experience summer learning loss and fall farther behind. When this cycle occurs summer after summer, the entire community feels the impact. (2) Community partnerships are important if we want summer learning to look different. Summer is a great time to cultivate relationships with business that want to assist in providing services to students, but on a smaller scale like (one to 4 weeks).

The literacy team met this week to plan the November job-alike, which includes the use of Lexia.

I appreciated this list of 52 Mistakes we make over and over again in education -

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from Unconscious Incompetence to Unconscious Competence - from J

In my house, we are working on our 2nd driver. C2 is just a few days from turning 16, and for the past few months I have been playing passenger morning and night. In the morning, she participates in a daily seminary class (church class before school), where she drives to and I take the car from there. At night I've been picking her up when she finishes swim practice, and she has been driving home. So most of the driving with her as been 1) been somewhat of a religious experience for both of us, and 2) taken place during the dark hours of the day, and 3) the cause of fantastic stress to both start and end the day.

I ran across the above graphic the other day, and thought it was appropriate for what my daughter has been experiencing. Thinking about it, the cycle is very fitting and can be applied to many ventures we have embarked upon. The one that stands out in my mind the most at this point is using Tower as a tool to give feedback. Based upon my discussions with you as I'm rounding, we (as a collective group) are ranging from Consciously Incompetent to beginning of Consciously Competent. I believe what will keep us moving in the right direction is to continue to have conversations and calibrations with each other. Opportunities will continue to be provided, such as roundtable discussions and learning walks. If those do not work for you, pick up the phone and schedule time that works for you with a peer or two and continue the deliberate effort. Below is the same graphic (this one goes counter clockwise), minus the driving analogy, for your application to this and any other changes (IGNiTE, PBL, curriculum, site-specific, etc.)

I'm looking forward to continuing conversations this next week at Boyd, Robberson, Truman, Weller, Bingham, Delaware, Pittman and Rountree schools. I will be connecting to see what specific times work best for you.

Thank you for all you do! #ThankAPrincipal

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Has a principal peer done something that inspires you? Be sure to let them know- Tweet it out, send a card, pick up the phone, or use the employee recognition form.

SPS Hall of Fame luncheon

Friday, Oct. 16th, 12pm

600 West Sunshine Street

Springfield, MO

J.J. Watt's Remarkable Friendship
The LRNG project

Interesting read in connecting students beyond schools-