Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Renewed focus on Excellence

Now that the new school year is well underway and we're enjoying the autumn and the leaves changing and the seasons changing ... it's time to revisit our vision and mission and reframe our models toward excellence - our continued focus.

How do we "live this out" or how do we illustrate this ... several ways actually. We continue to "on board" new employees by meeting with them regularly (after week 1, week 3, and week 12) with structured guiding questions and active listening and reflection; we follow this up with regular strategic coaching conversations and feedback. 

In addition, we are continuing the volunteer efforts with the offer to conduct an interview with a team member, provide a strength principles feedback session; follow up with observation, feedback, and additional theme-based interviews.

Also, we prepare for "walk through" visits to all classrooms with the aim of stopping in, catching folks doing great work, and providing individual feedback and recognition! It's a busy time and an exciting time.

Sharing District Progress - Technology Integration

From the IASA website and video library: Dr. Michael Lubelfeld, Superintendent Pennoyer School District # 79, highlights the steps the district has taken to include technology in learning and community outreach. Districts might be interested in how Pennoyer uses both Facebook and Twitter to keep the public informed of student learning and events. The district uses many kinds of technology in the classroom, including the I-Pod Touch in primary grades.

Link to video