Now is the time after the lightning flash but before the thunder. It's too early to say with certainty exactly what the election will mean for education policy in Michigan, but we can start to piece things together. We can also start to figure out what we know and what we don't. Here are some key takeaways for Principals from the election:
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.
Celebrate What’s Working Though a Vision of Possibility! According to the research on educator attitudes and phases of teaching the months of November and December are often characterized as times of SURVIVAL and DISILLUSIONMENT. Let’s inspire each other through a focus on What’s Working. This will be an interactive chat and one you might want to invite your staff to engage with. Spread the word and don't forget to put the date and time on your calendar 11/7/2016 @ 8:00! Let's Celebrate What’s Working!
Principals will want to be aware of an upcoming deadline related to school accountability. The MDE has released preliminary school scorecards for the 2015-16 school year. Schools or districts wishing to appeal the information on their scorecards have until 5:00 PM on November 14, 2016 to do so. For more details, see the article from this week's Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability, reproduced below.