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Dec 16, 2020

Trevor Goertzen
–15th year in education
Building Principal at Spring Hill Middle School, Spring Hill, Kansas
Teacher & Instructional Coach Blue Valley School, Overland Park, Kansas
National Board Certified Teacher

  • Kansas Podcast - KPA Listen Up!
  • Communication director of Kansas Principal Association.
  • Teachers in emergency learning environment.
  • Didn’t have a way to ensure learning was taking place.
  • You asked, we answered session in the summer focusing on best practices for learning in a pandemic.
  • August planning to support good remote learning.
  • Extra 12 days of professional development. And COVID precautions.
  • High Yielding Remote practices.
  • Prioritizing content standards
  • Integrating past content. Flashback flash forward.
  • What we didn’t want to do is front load all the work for the kids. Just in time learning.
  • Technology training and professional training
  • It’s not the way people thought it was going to be done.
  • Specific questions to help teachers articulate the challenges they were facing.
  • What support can we provide?
  • How to help teachers articulate their feelings.
  • Gave questions a few days in advance to help them be prepared.
  • Met with 20 teachers over the course of a week.
  • Worried about specific kids.
  • It’s really hard to support kids that are around. Kids aren’t retaining it as well as they could.
  • Got leadership together and asked what makes sense going forward?
  • Allowed them time to talk about kids.
  • Go slow to go fast.
  • Pivoted this week to prioritize what teachers were doing.
  • Give them time to talk with each other.
  • The things you would have done, you’re not even thinking about right now.
  • I just miss kids talking.
  • Prioritize their standards.
  • Make it a culture week.
  • Giving people time to be honest and talk.
  • We’ve got to find a way to create opportunities for people to have fun with each other.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Reach out to a colleague that you haven’t spoken to in a while and connect with them.



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