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The Teacher in Me

"Why are you writing a lesson plan? You're an administrator now!" "I know, but I have a lesson to teach Friday and I had this great idea....I guess it's just the teacher in me". That conversation happened at home the other day. I am in my third year as an Assistant Principal and I can tell… Continue reading The Teacher in Me

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Making Good Use of Formative Assessments

  One of my goals this year is to be more active and consistent with analyzing data. Recently I participated in a webinar centered on using formative assessment to guide instruction and I came away with some really great insights! For some background, this learning experience was led by Dr. Sharon Wells of Key Data… Continue reading Making Good Use of Formative Assessments

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GoodViews

"Film provides the opportunity to marry the power of ideas with the power of images."-Steven Bochco Do you have a Goodreads account? I do, and I use it often to keep track of books I have read or am reading. I also write and read reviews on Goodreads and I collect favorites from others which I save… Continue reading GoodViews

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A Journey Of Self-Renewal

I love new beginnings. Whether starting a new job, discovering a new passion, a spiritual journey, or a new chance to make a difference...there is nothing quite like the energy we feel when embarking on something new. I remember the inspiration I felt when I first decided to learn to crochet. And when I volunteered for the first… Continue reading A Journey Of Self-Renewal

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Social Media and The School Image

The other night, I suspect like many of you, I watched the debates. I was also logged into Twitter and was watching the reactions of people around the world. Since then, I've watched a lot of drama unfold and take shape on social media over the next few days. I am super busy this time… Continue reading Social Media and The School Image

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Building School – Community Connections

I believe that thriving schools and thriving communities go hand in hand. Developing a shared vision for the school and community, a shared story of high expectations, big achievement, and mutual inspiration, are pathways for us to make an impact within and even beyond our schools. By building these relationships we can forge partnerships that foster student learning, strengthen families and… Continue reading Building School – Community Connections

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Making Your Mark

  Our theme for this year, as designed by a student, is "Make Your Mark". I think this is such a great theme for a new year---so full of possibility and opportunity! Isn't that something we all want to do? Our students want to do that, as well. To make a difference. Change the world. Inspire others.… Continue reading Making Your Mark

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So You’re Starting Reading Workshop!

This year our curriculum team has revamped the curriculum with a reading workshop framework. I am thrilled to see this! I truly believe in the power of a reading workshop classroom and have seen so many kids thrive in this type of environment. While there is no one program or method that is the "end all, be… Continue reading So You’re Starting Reading Workshop!

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Your School’s Vibe

Have you ever noticed how certain places just give you a good feeling when you walk in? Some places just feel good. It's nothing you can see, or touch, or even point to and say, "Yes, that right there. That is what's making this a positive environment". No, that kind of vibe can't be artificially created.… Continue reading Your School’s Vibe

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Spring Reflections

Well, the excitement is in the air. Spring Break is right around the corner, and while this is always a welcome break, it also ushers in a very hectic time!  Just to give you an idea, here is a quick run down of what may be on an administrator's plate come Spring (and I am sure you could… Continue reading Spring Reflections