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Reflection Blog

Joan Abel, MASSP Lansing, June 16th end of year summary

It is hard to believe that a year has gone by since we began the Boot Camp experience. Last year, it was great meeting other "newbies" and getting advice from veteran administrators.

The experience was valuable as it also gave me opportunities to network and go to two conferences during the year supported by MASSP.

I attended the Assistant Principals Conference where there were many sessions with helpful advice. I especially enjoyed the Teacher Evaluation sessions, Technology Tips and Tricks, and Time Management sessions.

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Why would anybody want to be...

The MDE released the "Persistently Lowest Achieving Schools" list yesterday (June 14th). As a building principal, this is not a list you want to be on. If your school is named the District Office will now submit for up to $2,000,000,000 to improve the school. One catch, the current principal (you) must go.

This is a crappy situation.

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Principal Boot Camp Reflection 2009-2010

1. On March 24, 2010, I attended the conference “Are You Sure They’re Telling the Truth? The Reid Interviewing and Interrogation System.” Having never served as an assistant principal responsible for student discipline, I learned some fantastic techniques when interviewing students whether as witnesses or suspects. I was immediately able to apply the skills I learned at the conference to situations at school. This is a conference that should be offered at the start of the school for all new principals, assistant principals, and deans of students.

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Crossing the Line Should Have a Price

Legislative leaders have let it be known they’re okay if surplus monies in the K-12 School Aid piggy bank are used to cover operational shortfalls in higher education. If our school aid account is depleted to help cover expenses in higher education, a line will be crossed that defies Michigan history and culture.

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction casts doubt that Michigan will receive any monies in the second round of the Race To The Top policy raffle in part because of the separation of K-12 and higher education policy in Michigan.

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Technology Links Worth Checking Out

I noticed a lot of quality technology suggestions coming through the Twitter feed and thought it may be useful to record them here. Thanks to all of you who share!


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