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Whaley School is a separate day school with about 100 students with behavioral needs.

  • Some students stay through graduation, but goal is to get them back to a neighborhood school.
  • Sister school closed down and opened an elementary wing, so now a k12 school!
  • 100% special education population - level 4, level 5 is more like a residential treatment center.
  • Tier 3 in MTSS/RTI behavior.
  • Students can access neighborhood schools. No after-school activities at Whaley. Sometimes a parent goes with them to activities at other schools.
  • Why not inclusion at Whaley school?
  • Some of the behavioral needs are so intense that staff members do not have the support to deal with those severe behaviors.
  • Our motto is working through the problem.
  • Physical aggression they are showing towards others.
  • Strategies: Crisis Recovery Hallway - able to talk with intervention coaches to walk them through the conflict cycle, with whomever that may be!
  • What are you going to do when you go back?
  • Teaching kids to advocate for themselves.
  • We really believe in no suspensions
  • We give the same curriculum that they get at the other schools,
  • All of their communication becomes behavior.
  • An intervention coach in each classroom and there in the CR room. Intervention with Strategies and Support
  • To prevent recidivism, we need to teach skills to help them.
  • CR1 - something blows up and you lose your cool. Quickly getting back to class.
  • CR2 - spend a little more time talking about what is going on. Choose: mindfulness, exercise, or work.
  • CR3 - stay there the rest of the day.
  • How to help the teachers welcome kids back into class.
  • Every 5 minutes is a new beginning.
  • It’s ok to start fresh at the beginning of the next class.
  • Also have a few items that are specifically going to put them in the ISS room, Threatening, posturing, etc.
  • Eliminating behaviors
  • A lot of times teachers may see reactions, rather than instigating actions.
  • Suggestions, be very loud and say, “I don’t like that, don’t do that.“
  • Check in and check out.
  • 1st period talking about goals that they have.
  • When they go to checkout, tell how they did.
  • Doing so many checkpoints throughout the day. Behavior data every week.
  • Data review meetings can be called at any time to try to get a student back into the regular school.
  • Data review with the team, then we call a meeting with neighborhood school. Meet at the neighborhood school.
  • Sometimes self-sabotage - Extra help for kids that are getting close to transitioning.
  • Make sure kids feel that they have support when they leave.
  • Why not do a different curriculum with these students who are very different?
  • Students could have access to resource classes in all subject areas.
  • How to be a transformative principal?
    Build close relationships with students, be out there and make sure that kids know you think they are important.

 

Michelle Snyder@mlsnyder92 Vista Visions academy

  • Students have set lab times so they come in for special events.
  • Students in a lab with 5 or six students
  • Whether or not they are required to do the labs is up for debate, but it is good for kids to have the experience.
  • What kinds of students are attracted to your school?
  • Their reasons vary, but they each have a very specific reason for coming.
  • If they hadn’t found us, they would have gone outside the district to a charter school
  • Big picture learning. Upstream collaborative.
  • Learning through interests (LTI) student internship program
  • Teaching skills for seeking out their own internship.
  • Parents often speaking for their kids and how do we help parents.
  • Takes a lot for parents to be able to step back when they
  • How to build for scale for this program.
  • Looking at things from a dollars and cents point of view.
  • We’re not the same system as a regular school, so we need to look at what’s actually happening to see what we need to do to help them.
  • Every Friday afternoon we have collaboration and PD.
  • Individual Student Support Spreadsheet to record notes of students.
  • Touchstone - morning meeting with staff to see how everyone is doing.
  • Always looking at other options for kids.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Ask questions of their staff and listen to their answers.

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Kelly Tenkely founded Anastasis Academy in 2011.

We visited this school in September 2018, and we want to make

Anastasis is a kindergarten through 8th grade innovative, non-denominational Christian school located in Centennial Colorado. Our Reggio-Emilia, inquiry-based approach challenges students to gain a deep understanding of concepts and skills. Experiential learning allows our students to explore the world through research and play. Students collaborate in small, mixed age classes with teachers who support learning. It's no wonder that our student love coming to school every day!

  • Metanoia - greek the journey of one’s mind, body and spirit.

  • The way we interact is a journey.

  • Tie the morning time in with what is happening in our inquiry block.

  • Community time.

  • Mile walk together - all students and teachers all together.

  • Disregulated kids get regulated by walking together.

  • 3:10 time: we meet all together in the lobby.

  • Daniel Pink’s book, When.

  • The last thing that happens is the thing that stands out.

  • Sometimes it is a dance party.

  • Parent feedback about what these two things do.

  • We have parents ask, “Who did you notice being kind today?” It’s not just about academics, but about caring at a human level.

  • Kids feel judged when their parents ask about school because they think their parents ask about areas they are weak, so we coach parents to ask about social

  • What did you do creatively today?

  • The way we are shifting education is very different from what parents experienced in school, so we need to help parents see how the landscape has changed.

  • Our parents are a little more open to that because they are choosing this education.

  • My kids’ friends are memorizing 50 states.

  • Table topics at back to school night.

  • Getting to know people on a personal level. Cultivating community between parents and teachers.

  • Meeting of the minds - parent teacher conferences.

  • Sending postcards to parents as just in time information.

  • Pull information from handbook and put it on the postcards.

  • Making our handbook fun to read.

  • Most challenging is hearing parents say, “Why can’t you just call it X?”

  • People who aren’t in the space every day, don’t understand everything about why you need to call it something else.

  • How to change perception of what we are based on people’s experiences.

  • Start comparing yourself to what you want to look like.

  • “We are a magnet school if a magnet school was run by Pixar!” Connect to something they are familiar with and connect with that.

  • Assessment - means to sit beside.

  • We apprentice students in the art of learning.

  • Traditional assessment is a teacher making a determination of a grade. It’s never about a student understanding and reflecting on their own work.

  • Different things focused on social skills became part of upgrade (their report card).

  • Continuum of learning - Novice -> Apprentice -> Practitioner -> Scholar -> Changemaker

  • So many more skills than just doing math facts in under a minute.

  • 5sigma conference - See the kids’ activities first hand, then do breakout sessions.

  • How to be a transformative principal? Get into the classroom and get to know students on a personal level.

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Joe Erpelding, principal of Design39Campus:

  • Promotion Designer class - students are creating promotion experience
  • 2 promoting classes in last two years
  • the trouble with leadership in traditional models.
  • Anyone who is interested in leadership gets to be part of Lead39.
  • Students create leadership
  • Experienceships energize
  • Life-ready
  • How do we cram it all in?
  • Covering the content vs experiencing the content.
  • Enduring Learning through creativity, knowledge, identity.
  • Design thinking process is an extension of the scientific method.
  • Empathy.
  • Was the learning really “felt”?
  • What does great teaching look like?
  • What does great learning look like?
  • MOUs to reshape the strict rules and regulations.
  • Extensive Hiring Process: disorienting for anyone coming here.
  • 4 step process - 1. e-tell 2. Design challenge with student 3. Typical interview 4. Performance task
  • Onboarding process - historical documents of where we hoped to be.
  • Balance between quicksand and concrete - how do you balance this?
  • Steve Farver: Radical LEAP
  • Competency-based learning - TK-8 - what is critical?
  • Critical components that need to be covered before kids are ready for the next step.
  • 1st graders collaborating
  • Sense of self leads you to be able to communicate effectively.
  • Learner centered lab school - can’t disconnect parents from the learning community.
  • FutureNOW conference - parents are invited to be learners.
  • How many tours are we giving to our current parents?
  • TK-8 Experience
  • Pain points - 100 kids leave
  • Problem with us - communication around what a student is learning.
  • What are we going to assess?
  • Send home a progress report twice yearly.
  • altschool learning platform.
  • Seesaw
  • students can showcase their progress against competencies.
  • What’s next instead of I’m done.
  • allowing students to have variety in how they communicate what they learn.
  • Giving kids access.
  • Personal connection to mathematics can take a deep dive into mathematics.
  • Daily morning collaboration 7:45-8:45
  • Gift that we’ve given is time. We overstructure things.
  • Still have the same time as their peers at other schools
  • How to be a transformative principal? 10% - what am I willing to stretch myself to do tomorrow? What do I want to see this time next year?

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Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life!

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