It was great to see everyone last week at Eaton. I hope you enjoyed the format and the discussion with each other. I also hope you will carry forward the “I BELIEVE” message to your staff….especially when you meet back after Christmas. We have to constantly remind ourselves that our teachers and students are capable of much more than we sometimes expect. If we don’t believe, we can’t expect that they will.
The secondary campuses all have semester exams this week and there are also several elementary CBAs as we close out the first semester. How will you and your staff use this information to plan for the Spring semester? January is a great time to assess the progress you have made as well as examine the evidence you have collected in an effort to address your campus Problem of Practice. In whatever leadership role you may be in, the evidence you have collected to this point should allow you to focus in on a specific area that needs to be addressed….as a New Year’s Resolution, what are your goals for the year?
Remember when I sent a link from TEA looking for exciting or great teaching stories? Well, I didn’t either. However Cara Carter took the time to nominate a couple of teachers from Wilson Middle School and they made the TEA Facebook page last week.
It’s a great story and the teachers should be commended for taking the time to design a great lesson. How many other great lessons and communication opportunities happen on our campuses every day that no one sees or hears? One of the most important things you can do for your campus is to provide a positive message about your school (The Happiness Advantage?) in a variety of formats. Where is the evidence to prove what a great school you have and how would someone know?
I lost count of how many people forwarded the YouTube video created by Forney ISD regarding their proposed calendar for next year. I have included the link below in case you missed it. The Districts of Innovation (DOI) is a program created last year by TEA as a way for school districts to apply to for certain things that fall outside the parameters of normal guidelines. Quite frankly, it has many similarities to the High Performing School Consortium we applied for in 2012. In the end, the Legislature overruled the idea of a District creating its own form of local control and while many districts are using DOI to make a case to adjust their calendars, there are a lot of people around the state that believe the Legislature ultimately may not allow the early start calendars. However, the fall break sure sound nice!! There is still much to be learned by what they have shared as we challenge ourselves for new ways to solve the challenges facing our District. Not only with calendars, but in all facets of the way we do business. Here is the link: Forney ISD