The weather is great at Mackinac Island at the 2010 Summer Retreat.
I am so sorry I was not able to join all of you yesterday. We had the stomach flu sweep through our house. UGH!
I have attached my presentation as well as the new aggression reduction rubric we will be piloting next year. I would be more than glad to answer an questions you may have on how we developed this.
I hope you all have a relaxing summer full of recuperation and laughter. I think I am looking forward to summer more now than when I was a teacher :)
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.
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.
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.