Sunday, August 21, 2016

21st Century Learning

Project-based learning is utilized regularly in first grade.  Projects are done about the City of Corcoran, farms, and a pen pal project for each class is in the preliminary stages. Some kindergarten teachers have done projects on plants  and animals.  Both grade levels go on field trips related to a project they have completed.  Kindergarten classes go to the Chaffee Zoo in Fresno and First Grade classes visit Rosa Brother's Dairy.  Project-based learning is a work in progress.  First grade teachers have worked together to do grade level projects.  Kindergarten teachers have worked on projects in with their own classes, but not as a whole grade level.  

Growth and improvement are vital components to any professional. As the instructional leader of a school, it is especially important to to continue learning and improving with the staff. This sets a good example of growth and helps to build a sense of teamwork. A leader with a focus on learning for all will have a lasting impact on a staff. This impact will affect student learning in a positive way. After all, that’s why we do what we do!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Code of Ethics
The educational leader:
1. Protects, defends and upholds the best interest of children.
2. Maintains honesty and integrity in all professional endeavors.
3. Implements and obeys local, state and national laws.
4. Works to implement the district mission, vision and board policies.
5. Advises the school board and commits to correcting laws, policies and regulations not appropriate to sound education goals.
6. Commits to continued education for self and others through relevant research and timely professional development.
7. Honors all commitments and takes responsibility for one’s own actions. 
8. Avoids using leadership position for personal gain.
9. Ensures that every student is given the opportunity to set and achieve academic and personal goals.
10. Puts students and learning first.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Force Field Analysis is a powerful tool for change first developed by Kurt Lewin.  The first step consists of listing all of the driving forces (those that would be in favor of the change) and resisting forces (those that would be against the change). Next, each force is given a number to represent its intensity from one to five. This is followed by a discussion about which driving forces can be increased and/or which resisting forces can be decreased to bring about the desired change.

The power of the process is found in the discussion.  Working together with a team that is dedicated to the change and brings an honest and open mindset to the process is the key to creating a useful action plan.  Implementing the plan can lead to positive change.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Communication is the key to success as a school leader.  I have learned that using focus groups, social media and surveys are great ways to gather and share information.  Parents, community members and school staff seem to appreciate being asked for input regarding important decisions. Creating a School Pinterest has helped our teachers to collaborate and share ideas in a way that is meaningful and relevant.  Communication was considered the area that needs the most improvement at our school.  Improved communication must become a priority in order to facilitate change!

Leadership Quotes

Example is not the main thing in influencing others.
 It is the only thing.

Albert Schweitzer