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By Dr. Jim Capolupo
Have you "stretched" your organization lately? That would include your cabinet, your administrators and yourself. Think about what you have done to move the organization into some new and innovative areas.
"By stretching yourself beyond your perceived level of confidence, you accelerate your development of competence."
Meet Jason Gray and Read His Interview
Meet Jason P. Gray, Superintendent of the Trumbull Career and Technical Center in Champion Heights, Ohio. The Trumbull Career and Technical Center, comprised of 11th and 12th grade students from 19 Trumbull County school districts and adult learners from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and beyond, is celebrating its 36th anniversary.
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Meet Lisa Harrod and Read Her Interview
Lisa Harrod is the new Superintendent of Manteno Community School District No. 5 in Manteno, Illinois.
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90% of your stakeholders will visit your district website and judge YOU based on what they find.
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Click to see a great PROMOTIONAL VIDEO shared by Mike Richie, Superintendent in Wisconsin’s Northland Pines School District.
Click to see a great OPENING DAY VIDEO shared by Jim Capolupo, Superintendent in Pennsylvania’s Springfield School District.
School Boards for the 21st Century
This online course is designed to provide superintendents with materials and activities that will spark reflection on and discussion about the role of school boards, the changing social and educational context, and how school boards might help lead the transformation of public schools from bureaucracies to learning organizations. This course is offered in nine units, each of which should require a minimum of two hours to complete. Each module provides a combination of reading material, video or audio clips, questions for reflection, activities to explore topics in greater depth, and resources for reference and study. Although the modules are presented in order, you are encouraged to explore them in any way that makes sense to you. Eventually, it is our hope that you see them as interlocking pieces of a whole and as a new vision for the role of school boards in 21st century public education in America. A more detailed description is provided on the Schlechty Center website.
“School Boards for the 21st Century is proving to be an outstanding tool both individually and collectively for our board of education. Our board has become very clear about their role in supporting the district and becoming community advocates for our schools and students through these easy-to-use, self-guided modules. It has been an asset to the entire district to have our board focused and actively participating in a positive way through their work with this course.”
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FROM BLOGGER LEE JENKINS
1/3 OF EVERY SCHOOL YEAR IS WASTED.
Surveys from over 3000 teachers, from multiple states, document that teachers spend 1/3 of every school year teaching students content they should already know. Why? We unintentionally give students “Permission to Forget” through the weekly spelling (and later on – chapter) tests. First graders learn in the first month they don’t need those words anymore. In your school district it will be possible to send students onto middle school who have never learned how to cram/get a grade/forget. They will continue their kindergarten attitude that learning and remembering go together. For $8 you can purchase “Let’s Fix Spelling” at www.LtoJConsulting.com ; 83 pages as PDF to print or read.
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