Week of April 20th...

LA Staff News

Weekly Calendar

Monday: Staff Zoom--9 AM

Information regarding the four day week for kids with teacher work day/collaboration on Fridays will be shared this week to start the following week.

I'll share more about the referral process in our Monday meeting.

Let's Talk app: share with parents and students who may have district questions. The link is on the front page of the website.

Make sure we are not asking kids to do anything that would require the purchase of supplies/materials.

Tenured teachers: Please schedule your summative evaluation with me between now and April 24th.

Please continue to check in on students and staff regularly!

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Welcome, Tiffany Maxon, to Liberty Academy!

Tiffany Maxon graduated from Mizzou and then received her Masters in Education Administration from Park University. She and her husband Chris have two children; Reagan 16 and Corbin 14. When they were younger they relocated often for her husband’s job, so she decided to stay at home with the kids. They have lived in Liberty the last 10 years where she has been active in her kid’s schools as well as a substitute teacher. She is also an event promoter for motorcycle shows, and she works in the suites at the Chiefs Stadium. Tiffany has enjoyed the constant change and helping a variety of new students in the LTS program, and she looks forward to the upcoming school year.

Professional Development

As previously discussed, we need to make sure you all have logged 15 hours of PD in MLP. I have to submit our Dyslexia PD from the week prior to spring break which will take care of two hours.

However, looking ahead there are a few things on my mind. They include topics like:

-Understanding the teenage brain and the effects of trauma/poverty/stress/addiction on it

We always want to have a basic knowledge and "stay fresh" in this area as we consider the science when designing things for our school and interacting with at-risk kids.

-Social-Emotional Learning

We all wholeheartedly agreed a year ago that this was a missing component that was greatly needed for our kids. However, we didn't have the time or knowledge to create something for LA. I think by using the lessons we did this year, we all have a better understanding. After talking to many of you and thinking about next year, I'd like to challenge us to figure out HOW can SEL be an organic part of EVERY DAY--not this separate thing we touch on for 15 minutes once a week. (Don't get me wrong, it was the easiest way to dip our toes in the water.) But first, what components give our students the most bang for the buck?

-Restorative Practices

There are some components of restorative practices that are innate in the way we do things at LA. However, when it truly comes to discipline--especially for those mid and top tier offenses, we truly revert to traditional practices. How can we take a step forward in our PRACTICE/APPLICATION of RP for next year? We don't have to tackle it all, but WHAT components would we like to layer in, and what components would we like to study for future implementation?

-Executive Functioning Skills

How can we purposely layer in organic structures that help students build their EF skills? Truly, by design our school does this, but what can we do as adults to intentionally enhance a student's cognition of these skills in a way that wires their brain to apply them in other settings?

I'm in several groups and get info from a variety of sources. I've tried to put this info in one place for you. Please, take some time to peruse in an area of interest to you! AND, PLEASE share any insights (just informally--however you wish to do so) as you learn or are reminded of previous learning you found valuable. I've gathered some of the free PD out there right now, and you can access it here! And, please, I'd love to hear any takeaways!

A Virtual Referral Process This Year!

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