Friday Focus

December 19, 2014

Happy Holidays!

I can’t believe that, already, we are approaching the end of the semester. Be that as it may, we have covered a lot of ground since the start of the new school year in August. Much has happened since then and we have grown professionally and personally as a portfolio. There definitely have been some memorable moments throughout the last five months.

It has been a very busy time and I am sure all of you are ready for a well-earned vacation and rest. From my family to yours, I sincerely hope that each of you create opportunities to enjoy family and friends, and to relax and unwind from the many demands that can raise your stress levels and blood pressure. However you and those you cherish define good times, I wish you such moments in abundance as we transition to 2015.

Our plates are overflowing with responsibilities and opportunities, and will continue to do so as we move into the second semester. We will continue to be successful if we re-emphasize our connections with one another in creating the best learning environment possible. Together, we can create our own weather and finish the race.

May the fullest measure of blessings and peace come to you and your family throughout the coming year.


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Subtle Reminders

1. INFORMATION: Begin reflecting and analyzing SRI data for future site visits in January

2. REMINDER: Quarter 3 starts January 5, 2015

3. REMINDER: Leadership Development Day is scheduled for January 13, 2015

4. REMINDER: ILD Team Meeting is scheduled for January 21, 2015. Site TBD.

5. REMINDER: MLK Day is January 19, 2015

6. REMINDER: Early Release Day is scheduled for February 6, 2015

7. REMINDER: Deadline for probationary evaluations and evaluation conferences is February 27, 2015.

8. REMINDER: Deadline for career evaluations and evaluation conferences is April 3, 2015.

9. REMINDER: Formal McREL Visits and Conferences will be conducted during February and/or March.

10. INFORMATION: Begin reflecting and analyzing on Tulsa Model Indicator distribution data to determine correlation to student achievement.

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Congratulations to Thoreau Demonstration Academy for making the National MicroSociety Newsletter!


We will starting conversing about your staffing plan in the coming months. More importantly, we will gear those same conversations around the IRREPLACEABLES provided by TNTP. Please take some time between now and our next ILD Team meeting to familiarize yourself with the link below and the booklet (REPORT) provided within.

20 Interesting Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom via @TeachThought

Using social media in a modern learning environment seems easy, but that simplicity is often the result of how we think about it: new ways to accomplish old tasks.

Below is a visual spectrum that offers 20 ideas for using twitter in a 21st century classroom. Many of these may not directly “fit” your grade level or content area and might function better as a kind of brainstorming to get your own thinking started.

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