Leadership & Learning Department Newsletter

October 2017

Volume 13 Issue 2

Chasing Innovation

The Leadership & Learning Department is launching a resource site to showcase the videocast of Innovation in Millard.

Please submit names of innovative MPS staff by utilizing this form.

View additional resources and full video footage on the Chasing Innovation site.

Technology Open Forum

What's your technology challenge?

Tech Open Forum 2017.pdf

District Required Staff Development


See flyers for registration information.

De-Escalation *

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) *

Tech Ethics *

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

in October or February

NWEA MAP Goal Setting

As we embark on our second year of utilizing NWEA MAP, we are focusing on Student Goal Setting. The goal setting process allows students to craft meaningful action steps to overcome possible barriers on their way to achieving their goal. These action steps will help guide the student throughout the year and can be a nice addition to the conversations during Parent Teacher Conferences. When parents ask, “What can we do at home to support our child?” the goal setting action steps may provide tangible items to work on. As a reminder, we have provided a number of helpful MAP resources on the district website. Here you will find information and scenarios to help prepare for Parent Teacher Conferences.


MPS Induction: Did You Know?

Looking for great resources for your mentoring relationships? Check out the Mentoring Relationships Website for archived memos and additional resources.

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.

October’s featured staff members are Jen Schneider, teacher at Russell Middle School and Ellen Kramer, K-5 Curriculum & Instruction Facilitator.

Jen Schneider @jenmschneider

Recommended Follow: Dave Burgess @burgessdave

“Dave Burgess is the author of Teach Like a Pirate and other books that encourage teachers to get outside their comfort zone to help motivate students. He's all about "teaching outside the box". Following Burgess will help connect you with other like-minded, innovative educators with his #tlap (Teach Like a Pirate) chat.”

Recommended Chat: #geniushour

“The #geniushour chat is my go-to because of my passion for innovative learning and Genius Hour projects. The chat normally takes place the 1st Thurs of each month at 8 p.m. CST.“

How has Twitter helped you grow professionally?

“Twitter has allowed me to meet educators from around the globe online and (eventually) in person. Through Twitter, I have learned more about using technology in the classroom, research within education, conferences, and unique teaching ideas that I never would have known about otherwise. Twitter is also an easy way to find ideas in our busy world. Of any social media tool, Twitter is the one that every educator should try in order to connect with others.“

Ellen Kramer @eykramer1

Recommended Follow: Buck Institute for Education @BIEpbl, Paul Andersen @paulandersen, Helen Lykke-Wisler @hlykkewi, Buffett Early Childhood Institute @BuffettECI

“The Buck Institute has great resources for PBL, Paul Andersen is a terrific science educator, Helen Lykke-Wisler always has amazing book reviews and much more, Buffett Early Childhood Institute is a strong advocate for early childhood education.”

How has Twitter helped you grow professionally?

“There are so many great educators all around the world who are willing to share ideas and learn with each other. Twitter makes it easy to connect and gain different perspectives.”

Hourly Staff Development

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Millard North High School

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October HSD Flyer (Courses, Sessions & Registration Info)

Classroom Management in Your Learning Environment

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Classroom Management in your Learning Environment

Scholarship Opportunities

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.

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