Leadership & Learning Department Newsletter

January 2018

Volume 13 Issue 5

January 15, 2018 - District Staff Development for Salaried Staff (AM)

January 15, 2018 - Building Staff Development for Salaried Staff (PM)

February 15 /19 - Building Staff Development/ Teacher Work Day

February 19, 2018 - Hourly Staff Development (AM)

March 19, 2018 - Spring Orientation for New Salaried Staff

Calling ALL Mentors:

What Do You Know About January 5th?

Rejuvenation, reflection, and roaring laughter filled the air at Millard North High School on Friday, January 5th! All newly-hired staff members participating in Year 1 of our Induction Program attended Winter Orientation. So, what happened?

In addition to reflecting on phases of teaching and qualities of effective mentoring teams, our first-year colleagues drafted personalized goals for second semester that they will be sharing with YOU!

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Leadership Academy Applications Available for 2018-2019

Applications for the 2018-2019 Millard Leadership Academy can be accessed through the job postings and will be accepted through the month of January.

Leadership is defined in MPS as the art and science of inspiring others toward a common mission and a shared vision through collaborative relationships characterized by integrity, humility, resiliency, and commitment to empowering others to reach their highest potential.

Interested people should complete the application on TalentEd Recruit and Hire. Below is a summary of the Academy.

The purpose of MPS Leadership Academy is to develop leadership capacity in certificated staff throughout the District. MPS Leadership Academy is open to internal staff only.

Candidates must have:

· A commitment to working within the Millard Public Schools.

· A minimum of 3 years of experience in Millard Public Schools.

· A proven record of educational success and leadership.

· A willingness to participate in a year-long program that extends beyond the normal work hours.

· Recommendation from immediate supervisor.

Participants of the MPS Leadership Academy will:

· Use the MPS Leadership Framework to develop specific leadership skills that improve staff performance and increase student achievement.

· Relate theory to operational Millard practices.

· Reflect on personal strengths and leadership styles.

· Engage in practicum and shadowing experiences throughout the District.

· Build lateral capacity of leadership throughout the District.

· Have the opportunity to earn 3 hours of graduate credit at a 50% reduced rate.

Looking Below the Surface: Goal Setting to Sprout Growth in 2018

Now that you have completed the winter administration of MAP, it is a great time to review this semester’s growth. It’s important to look at the growth of individual students and the class as a whole to plan for and promote growth during second semester.

When reviewing Fall to Winter MAP data, consider your students' performance:

  1. On average, how much growth did your students make from fall to winter?
  2. How do your students’ growth compare to all students’ growth in the norming groups at this grade level?
  3. Which goal area has shown the greatest growth from fall to winter?
    • To what might you attribute this growth?
  4. Which goal area is of greatest concern?
    • What might have contributed to this?
    • What are some possible solutions to this?
  5. When looking at upcoming curriculum, how will I use this data to inform my planning?

It is also helpful to use a variation of the PLC questions teams are familiar with when reflecting on MAP data.

  1. What do we expect our students to learn?
  2. How will we know they are learning?
  3. How will we respond when they don’t learn?
  4. How will we respond if they already know it?

Grab & Go: Leveraging Routines & Procedures to Promote Classroom Management

Written by Kristin Dolezal, Teacher at Neihardt Elementary School

Routines and procedures are critical components of classroom management that often appear ‘invisible’ to a casual observer. As instructional practitioners, we know they are the backbone of learning environments in which students thrive. So what are they? Procedures are ‘how’ students complete tasks. Routines are developed when students repeat these procedures day after day. Thoughtful, well managed routines and procedures create the valuable space and time in which learning is maximized for all students. Consider the following tips to maximize the routines and procedures in your classroom management system:

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Growing Our Professional Learning Network Through Twitter

Each month in the Leadership & Learning Newsletter, we will feature MPS staff members utilizing Twitter for professional learning. Twitter allows us to explore educational ideas and connect with educators around the world. Our featured staff members will provide suggestions on people or organizations to follow and ways to engage in professional learning experiences.

January’s featured staff members are Melissa Croom, 1st Grade teacher at Norris Elementary, Heather Baker, Spanish teacher at Millard West High School and Teresa Perkins, Principal at Russell Middle School.

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Google Training At Your Fingertips

Still have the shopping bug after the holidays? Check out the MPS Chrome Web Store! You and/or your 1:1 students may install anything found under Millard Public Schools.

If you would like to improve your Google skills, install and experience G Suite Training.

G Suite Training is a Chrome extension that offers simple and interactive training lessons to get you up and running fast with G Suite (formerly Google Apps).

• Rich, interactive training - Whether you’re in Gmail, Calendar, Sheets, Slides, or Docs, you can learn and take actions, all at the same time.

• In-App experience - Training is accessible directly within G Suite, so you don’t need to leave the application to learn how to use it.

After adding to Chrome, refresh your Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, Forms, Google+, Classroom, and Admin Console tabs to access the training menu. (Source: https://goo.gl/vQG7iP)

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Hourly Staff: Watch your email for the session and registration information coming to you in mid-January!

Feb 19 Hourly Save the Date.pdf

Scholarships - Spring 2018 Semester Applications due by January 31st

Millard teachers who are working toward additional certification or continuing education may choose to apply. Spring 2018 applications now be accepted. Click here to review scholarship options. Deadline for Spring 2018 applications is January 31st!!

Please review the applications carefully to determine eligibility and be sure to submit all required documentation.

District Required Staff Development

See linked flyers for registration information.

De-Escalation *

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) *

Tech Ethics *

* NOTE: Hourly staff may attend a Face-to-Face session in February