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New Leader Webinar Series 16-17 September - Building A+ Relationships by Jim Burgett October - Changing Lanes to Excellent: Effective Literacy Instruction in Domain 3 by Gail Huizinga November - Coaching Teachers for High Performance by Don Anderson December - Time Management: Accomplish More with Less Stress by Don Anderson February - Setting Priorities: Taking Care of You! by Jim Burgett March - Violence in Schools by Judy Brunner and Dennis Lewi
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Ed Leaders Network Resources Experience ELN Handout 8 Ways to Use ELN for Personal and Staff Development Handout Content Authoring Training Handou
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Single or Multi-Select Individuals in Your Group User group managers now have the ability to select one or multiple users in their group when running completion reports. This allows managers to fine tune their reporting needs to target individual group members and quickly download a spreadsheet that contains all completed presentations for that user. Now, when clicking the "Reports" tab in the top navigation, you will see a complete list of all users within your group. Simply click on an individual to add them to the reporting list, set your date range, and click "Download" to receive a spreadsheet with all completed presentations. As seen in ...
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REFLECT: 365 Does your personal schedule and use of time reflect your priorities within the school’s vision and mission? Administrators have to prioritize their focus as many things try to steal away the minutes from their day. As the instructional leader of the building it is vital to model for others the expectations to accomplish the vision and mission established. If it is not important to the leader then why would it be important to anyone else? Let’s say you show up 5 minutes late to a meeting. You just demonstrated to the staff that you do not value their time and the meeting wasn’t really important. It is difficult to ...
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REFLECT: 365 How are you supporting and/or attempting to adjust the fundamental values of your school? Roland Barth once said “A school’s culture has far more influence on life and learning in the school house than the president of the country, the state department of education, the superintendent, the school board, or even the principal, teachers, and the parents can ever have.” We are constantly creating mission and vision statements, developing strategic plans, restructuring curriculum, and pushing technology integration. Nevertheless, in the midst of that chaos, many stakeholders are losing sight of the most critical component: a school’s ...
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REFLECT: 365 Why can’t I tell everyone the bitter truth about their performance? Before I answer that question, I must address another – should I tell everyone the bitter truth about their performance and, if I do, will it make things better? I will start by saying there are absolutely times when the direct, bitter truth is necessary. When someone’s performance becomes toxic to their colleagues, when their behavior is not in the best interests of our students, when their actions begin to harm the overall environment, there is nothing to do but confront the behavior and ...
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Ed Leaders Network and Standard For Success have announced a strategic partnership to deliver on-demand, targeted professional development (PD) to teachers, building leaders, and district leaders with their education technology platforms. Together, the two organizations will help counter teacher shortages within states and school districts across the nation, by driving engagement through on-demand, customizable professional development planning. Assigning PD based on evaluations is becoming more critical to improving teacher performance and satisfaction as their job demands evolve to meet increasing regulations and 21st century needs. Schools must first ...
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REFLECT: 365 How do you systematically review, refine, and communicate your school vision and mission to stakeholders? Engage, Inspire, Empower, and Grow! In preparation for the 2014-15 school year, Caruso Middle School, in Deerfield, embarked upon the process of creating our own mission and vision statement, to complement our district mission and vision. This was done in order to: guide decisions we make at the building level. replace an old mission and vision that no longer existed. further focus our future school improvement plans. ...
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REFLECT: 365 How have you helped your teachers understand the importance of teaching skills and not simply content? 7 tips for helping teachers prioritize skills over just content: Collaborative Teams: Answer “why do we do what we do?” Value Everyone and Explore Diverse Cognition! Share Best Practices: The answer is often “in the room!” Active Engagement: Make sure learners are “in”volved! Be the Model: A Principal is the lead learner in the school! Build a Positive and Productive Culture! Create a Community where Stakeholders, of all ...
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REFLECT: 365 How do you create a growth mindset within yourself, your staff, and your students? Growth implies change and change is difficult for most of us to accept. Years ago, I picked up a simple formula that has helped me remember the necessary balance of ingredients for change to occur. Simply put: N+V+A > or = C + P. In short, the Need + Vision + Ability has to be greater than or equal to the Cost and Pain of the Change or it isn’t going to happen. Let’s take this formula for change apart. It starts with a deep understanding and acknowledgement of what NEEDS to change. It’s perhaps easy to point the finger at achievement ...
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REFLECT: 365 When you look at your student achievement data and development data, how do you determine “significance” and how do you develop a plan of action to address deficiencies? Student achievement data can be the single most powerful indicator of instructional success. However, what does that achievement data tell us? The process of data analysis and developing plans to address what it points out is the power of the continuous improvement cycle within a classroom, a building and a district. Determining which data to use for this cycle is critical. Digging into the RIGHT data We talk about “student data” ...
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REFLECT: 365 Does your personal schedule and use of time reflect your priorities within the school’s vision and mission? As a new administrator the sky is the limit. There is so many possibilities and each situation is a learning opportunity. In leadership training, we are taught to follow the mission and vision of the school and district. With that vision and mission looming overhead the question often becomes, what exactly does that look like for an administrator or teacher? Often times I believe leaders miss the opportunity to follow the mission and vision in daily decision making. It is not always the big decisions that can transform and ...
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REFLECT: 365 How have you helped to move your school forward to ensure that you are serving those students who are traditionally underserved? What dramatic results have other principals experienced as they have led successful efforts to support traditionally underserved students? In 2013, I conducted a study of 21 expert principals in three states and inquired about some of the most difficult decisions that these principals had made. About half of the principals I met with shared about leading changes in the performance of their traditionally underserved students, primarily African American and Latino students. Principals relayed how their ...
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REFLECT: 365 Before beginning this blog, I would first like to say how humbled and thankful I am to be working with the Illinois Principal’s Association (IPA) on this endeavor. Nearly a year ago Jason Leahy, Executive Director of IPA, and I began a dialogue about the power of reflection and brainstormed ways to bring this topic to the forefront of people’s minds in an engaging manner that could truly impact the practices of our leaders. Months later, here we sit, starting a year-long blog series in which we have sought ( and are still seeking ) contributors from throughout the nation to lead weekly blogs on thought-provoking ...
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We were very fortunate to have Dave Beedy (STEM Coord., Elmhurst D205) present on April 16, 2015 on the topic " NGSS: Planning the Transformation in Your District ." Below are the questions that he was unable to get to during the LIVE event. For any additional questions please contact Dave Beedy at dbeedy@elmhurst205.org Do you think backward design is the best model to support NGSS? I think the idea of being backwards designed is exactly what we want in any standards-based curriculum development. Developing the summative assessment, aligned with the core ideas, science and engineering practices, and cross cutting concepts in the performance expectation, ...
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7 Ways to Use ELN for Personal and Staff Development Click here to watch the webinar! #1 Filling in the Gaps - Use the Search, Sort, and Filter functions to identify content in your area of need. - Use “MY PD” tab to add favorites and save content for later viewing #2 Staying Current on Trending Topics - Use weekly email to see the latest ELN content and stay up-to-date on new topics and ideas - Use ELN community to follow discussions topics and ask questions of peers and experts #3 Starting Staff Meetings - Use ELN content to introduce topics and include video at your staff meetings - Use ...
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Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful. ~ Margaret J. Wheatley The Ed Leaders Network and the Illinois Principals Association are extremely excited to start a year-long conversation on the power of self-reflection for school leaders. It is hard to find a school leader that does not believe in the value of reflection and self-assessment, but it has been our experience that this is one area that becomes difficult to maintain as the stress of life and job close in around us. Our hope is to keep ...
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TELLING YOUR STORY WITH POWERPOINT Create Slides People Will Remember – Nancy Duarte https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeV2fHEM4RI Duarte Design’s Five Rules for Presentations by Nancy Duarte https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT9GGmundag How to Tell a Story – by Nancy Duarte https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JrRQ1oQWQk Story Imagery & the Art of 21 st Century Presentation by Garr Reynolds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQpGf1gPY7M POWERPOINT TUTORIALS PowerPoint 2013 Training - Creating a Presentation - Part 1 - PowerPoint 2013 Tutorial ...
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Is it possible to see a list of all modules required by ISBE?
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Training Required Before Evaluating Certified Staff As the new school year approaches, it is important to review the training requirements that administrators must complete before evaluating certified staff. Specifically, administrators must complete/pass State-mandated training modules that have been produced by Growth Through Learning and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. Before an administrator observes (formal or informal) a certified staff member, the administrator must complete/pass modules 1, 2 and 3. Before evaluating a certified staff member without student growth, an administrator must also complete/pass module ...
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