The Topic: Improving Communication
As we all know poor communication can lead to a number of problems. As administrators we need to focus on how to communicate clearly but also to adapt communication to the audience and to provide just what our stakeholders need.
On Thursday, the Senate passed low-awaited legislation (HB 4388) that expands the allowable uses of sinking funds to include school security improvements and technology. This legislation has already passed the House and, because there were no amendments, the bill is now on its way to Governor Snyder for his signature. It is important to note that existing millages, as well as any millages that are approved this November, would be unaffected by these changes.
A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Principals Summit in Detroit. At the Summit, I was fortunate enough to present a session called "Making Time for Instructional Leadership". As one of the biggest issues facing administrators today, we continually see the research and importance of being instructional leaders, but then the reality and demands of the job set in. Let's chat and share ideas for maximizing our time for the purpose of instructional leadership!
This past Tuesday, October 11, the State Board of Education (SBE) heard from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Whiston and Deputy Superintendent Venessa Keesler. The two presented information and answered questions about Michigan's assessment and accountability vision, and the planning taking place as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation.
Written by Steve Carlson, Principal, Sandusky Jr./Sr. High School and MASSP Middle Level Representative – East. He is the 2016 Michigan Middle Level Principal of the Year, and the state's national nominee.