Last Updated on Friday, 10 May 2013 14:27 Friday, 10 May 2013 14:06
Dr. Mark D. Reckase , metrics expert and member of the MCEE, shared his perspective with us this week and gave us a hint as to the committee’s final recommendation for an evaluation tool. In the past we believed that teachers could be evaluated by the amount their students learned. It is not that simple. As Dr. Reckase points out, students also learn outside of the classroom from parents, friends and their environment. They learn language skills from family members but not as much mathematics. So how much credit does the teacher receive for a child’s learning knowing that there are multiple factors that determine the quantity and quality of student learning? A teacher with lots of resources, highly capable and motivated students gets the high grade?
Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 08:37 Monday, 13 May 2013 08:14
I have been working HARD on writing good columns this year, all about school culture, evaluation of teacher performance and student learning, improvement plans…..and the column which has received the most attention was last week’s column on stress reduction! A sign of our times, it seems.
As I begin my final four columns, I return to ways to think about the upcoming school year. As one of our wonderful Leadership Matters participants mentioned last summer: “Every new school year provides me with a ‘do-over’!” Several weeks ago, we talked about school culture and I provided you with a School Culture Audit and another strategy for reflecting on this year’s culture and how to look ahead to further develop the culture you and your stakeholders envision.
This week, I am going to build on some ideas provided in the attached article which will be very useful to those of you who will lead “new” schools in the fall: “Starting Confused: Where Leaders Start When They Don’t Know Where to Start” (Jentz, B. Kappan. 2005).
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 May 2013 13:36 Wednesday, 08 May 2013 13:31
Outside of school, students’ lives often revolve around technology. Inside the classroom, however, many students face a tech-free world and outdated resources. Using digital tools in the classroom lets students engage with materials, information, and their peers in ways that are fun and natural to them. As a result, students are more motivated to learn and take more responsibility for their learning, which improves achievement.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 May 2013 15:12 Wednesday, 08 May 2013 15:08
Thank you for taking the time to vote for Mark and for encouraging your peers to vote leading to this historic election win.
Eric Cardwell MEMSPA past president and outstanding leader has been elected to represent NAESP zone 6 replacing Mark White. As MEMSPA President Eric traveled the state meeting members and seeking their input in order to make our association stronger and more relevant. Eric has been active in MEMSPA's strategic planning process bringing both experience and institutional knowledge. I am confident that he will represent MEMSPA and the entire zone with the same level of passion and energy.Congratulations Mark White and Eric Cardwell.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 May 2013 11:57 Monday, 06 May 2013 11:26
As I mentioned a month ago, I am providing a series of columns about issues related to the end of the school year:
- Assessments to use to determine progress with issues of school culture
- Conversations as part of final evaluation conferences in the spring
- Looking ahead to the new school year
I have had the opportunity to listen to, and coach, more than two dozen educational leaders during the past four weeks, and my concern for their stress levels has grown. Therefore, I am inserting a column on stress management as school leaders move into the final weeks of the 2012-2013 school year. As I listen, I understand that this year has been a unique and, often stressful, experience for beginning principals AND experienced principals!
During the March 7 & 8 Conclave for Women Educational Leaders, Dr. Shawn Johnson guided us through a session on Mindful Living. She taught us to breathe deeply and discussed the impact of stress on our emotional and physical health. As I read further on this issue of stress management, I found this simple process for breathing deeply, as Dr. Johnson guided us that day:
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