Associate Principal Conference
Held in Conjunction with the Resource Officer Conference
Registration now open!
Join us for the annual Associate Principals Conference! AWSA's Associate Principal Commission has planned the program tailored to the biggest challenges and opportunities currently set before AP leaders.
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Tough Decisions: A Systematic Literacy Priority
By Tanya Kotlowski
Similar to many high schools around the nation, far too many students enter the doors of Adams-Friendship High School below grade level in their reading skills. This achievement gap places a systematic priority around literacy development and pushes principals to analyze, plan and improve reading instruction.
In schools with below grade level reading achievement, not only is it our responsibility as a principal to ensure a year’s growth each year of high school, we are responsible for the regular year’s growth, we are responsible for accelerating reading achievement by two or even three years at a time. A single year’s worth of growth just isn’t enough for students who lag years behind their state and national peers. So what is the solution?
Educator Effectiveness Update
by Dr. Joe Schroeder, AWSA Associate Executive Director
Do you have five minutes for five items regarding the latest on Educator Effectiveness (EE)? If so, please read on for quick updates and related links. . . .
1) Wondering if you need to evaluate your counselor, librarian, and other certified (but not classroom teaching) staff next year under EE? DPI tries to clarify this through the following flowchart: http://goo.gl/eGDcjd
2) Looking for representative SLO goals for teachers in the core and encore areas, as well as for principals? Check out some of the examples from your statewide peers on our Leading the Big Three website: http://goo.gl/JVn1ex
3) Last month, DPI added a new staff member to its EE team: Mark Mueller, a former Wisconsin school administrator, who will focus on the principal evaluation portion of the Educator Effectiveness initiative. Consider Mark your go-to resource at DPI for all things regarding principal effectiveness. (email@example.com)
4) Based on feedback received, DPI is revising its EE website (ee.dpi.wi.gov) and plans to have the new version available next month. It promises to be easier to navigate and focused on the most recent work/resources available.
5) Finally, DPI just released a resource for working through the sticky issue of using EE to inform human resource decisions: http://goo.gl/2CSFjc
Using Educator Effectiveness to Inform Human Resource Decisions
The Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness System is designed for one main purpose: to support educator practice, reflection, and professional growth in order to increase student achievement. Educator Effectiveness pilot participants have indicated that implementation of the System has positively impacted their schools. For example, Diane Everson-Riley, a Principal in Sparta, said: “As I've been out in classrooms more, my teachers want to be part of [The Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness System]. It's not just me telling them what I want them to do, but all of us being more reflective and focused about what we're doing. We all want to make things better for our students and our school.” Everson-Riley’s pilot experience illustrates how staying focused on educator professional growth through targeted feedback, reflection, and collaboration will translate to student growth. While the Educator Effectiveness system is a statewide initiative, local districts and school boards have to determine how to use the System and its data within their own district’s context. Therefore, DPI, districts, and communities must work together to make implementation decisions that support the purpose of the System.
Educator Effectiveness Resources
Are you or your staff looking for ways to keep updated on Educator Effectiveness? The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is offering free subscriptions to its Educator Effectiveness Newsletter. This newsletter provides the most up-to-date decisions, guidance, and developments in the Educator Effectiveness System. You can find out more on their newsletter or subscribe by clicking here.
Principal of the Year Award Applications Available!
The Principal of the Year is an award that recognizes outstanding school administrators and their dedication to their community. The program annually honors principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to the profession.
AWSA is now accepting nominations and applications for the 2014 Principal of the Year. The winners will be chosen from elementary, middle and high school levels. The deadline is January 10, 2014. Please click here to learn more about this award, rules and submission requirements.
January 29 - 31, 2014
Middle and High School Principal Convention
Managing to Lead
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