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Social Media 259: Students choose a topic they want to study, and ask the teacher to help them understand that culture’s values.

Joel Lavin is the principal of River Road / El Camino Del Rio

  • Teachers that put up welcome signs that were edgy.
  • Opinion piece following the vandalism.
  • Discussing racism head-on.
  • Being inclusive not exclusive
  • Equity committee that meets to discuss culture, morale, language barriers, etc.
  • Support students that are not documented immigrants, but make sure that their rights are preserved.
  • Students choose a topic they want to study, and ask the teacher to help them understand that culture’s values.
  • How the mastermind benefits Joel.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Get in a lot of steps to be out in your school!
  • Dual Language Principal Katherine

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Joel Lavin is the principal of River Road / El Camino Del Rio

  • Dual Language is much different.
  • Studied science and Spanish in college.
  • We as a nation are just starting to realize how important it is to speak another language.
  • Broca’s area
  • Families wanted to have their own language spoken in the school.
  • Family resource center
  • 2009 started as a dual language program
  • There were reluctant dual language program.
  • Change is hard.
  • Some staff members left.
  • Teachers are a major factor in school culture.
  • Talking and being out in the community is really important to help with a big cultural change.
  • Funds of knowledge community.
  • Parents’ values reflect what they want their kids to learn.
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  • Change school became a powerful space for people to have powerful conversations about school.
  • Change school brings a level of transparency and honesty that is really powerful.
  • Have an ongoing conversation with people who have similar ideas and understandings and have had experiences to make it possible.
  • People feel trusted inside this community.
  • It can be a difficult conversation about what modern learning should look like.
  • Constant learning is fascinating.
  • Tried to create some space for people to connect who don’t have room for that in their physical spaces.
  • It is very dependent on whether people are school leaders or something else.
  • The dark ages of change - leadership from the middle.
  • People who can be influencers - parents, students,
  • suddenly it’s not just about one teacher or one principal.
  • How to get parent and student feedback.
  • You often see yourself very isolated in a school.
  • People are looking for direct prompts and cues
  • So much of the educational conversation is led by journalists and politicians. We have to stop that.
  • People respond with a blank look to a blank slate because they don’t have the practice at it.
  • Modern Learners Lens
  • Existing schools - best vehicle for communication is your students.
  • We’ve conditioned kids to do what we say.
  • The notion of setting expectations.
  • If we’re going to shift the goalpost, we need to spend a lot of time talking to parents about the what and the why.
  • TED Podcast
  • Do we trust kids?
  • Four areas that we have to think hard about - Modern Learners Lens
  • Schools don’t know what they believe, they don’t articulate what they believe
  • Understand how literacy is changing.
  • Understand what is actually possible in schools now.
  • Peter Senge
  • Most change efforts are not grounded in those conversations.
  • Modern Learner Community
  • Change.school for more information
  • How to be a transformative principal?
  • Bruce: Engage more deeply in the spaces we already referred to.
  • Will: Have a willingness to see if you are actually doing what you believe in your classrooms!

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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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Rachael and John George Both principals in Oregon share their experiences of turning around schools.

  • PreK involvement
  • Trauma-informed practices
  • Stronger voice for advocacy
  • Building strong relationships.
  • Can’t personalize learning unless you know about the kids!
  • Different levels for leaders learning at their own pace.
  • There needs to be customization because different people need different things.
  • Culturally responsive teaching and Trauma
  • How do people get involved?
  • Contact someone and say you want to be involved.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Get into classrooms and support teachers.

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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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Rachael and John George Both principals in Oregon share their experiences of turning around schools.

  • The Three Amigos
  • Sandy Green Elementary School - lowest 10% of the schools. Working with a well-known publisher on reading and writing, and it wasn’t going as well as they thought!
  • Year 1 from 10%ile to 50%ile. Year 4 82%ile. With highest Free and Reduced lunch rate in the district.
  • Honed in on systems and structures
  • Full staff turnover in those four years.
  • 3-4 year plan
    1. First thing you need to do is establish relationships.
    1. You’ve got to be the examiner of systems and structures.
  • Identify holes in intervention and enrichment.
  • Each building has its own issues.
  • Three changes in the first year: 1. Slow 2. Integrated with content, but lost on the students 3. No engagement
  • Students were passively sitting there, while the teacher was doing all the heavy lifting.
  • Level of community involvement.
  • Need to do different because we are teaching different students.
  • How do we do different different?
  • It’s supposed to be hard.
    1. Be the filter: teach to cause a positive result.
  • Modified Danielson Rubric for evaluation. I can’t evaluate you in Domain 1 unless I see your lesson plans.
  • You can’t be good with what you do without a game plan.
  • Look at the standards and make them meaningful.
  • New teachers out perform due to effective lesson plans.
  • Need guidance and coaching and mentoring around lesson plans. Provides the opportunity for reflection in lesson plans and it makes them better as teachers.
  • Lesson plans provide feedback on Professional Development - if we can’t see it reflected in lesson plans.
  • Keeping your lesson plans to reflect on later.
  • Planning formative assessment.
  • CoTeach model - special education & ELL population
    1. Be in classrooms a lot.

 

Schedule a call with Jethro

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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