Thought of the Week: The excitement around technology is growing in our district, which is truly a sign of the learning that is taking place and the learner mindset that is necessary for that learning to take place! I wanted to capture the conversation that many of us have had this week, and one which our Telt has helped us to dig deeply into. The conversation is around our use of technology – the notion that sometimes we get excited about the WOW factor of technology, we introduce that “awesome” tool to our learners, and the focus becomes the tool, rather than the notion that the tool is a more efficient and appropriate way to make our thinking visible. Let’s be cautious that we keep learning at the forefront, and the tool as the mechanism to increasingly guide our students to achieve the competencies that are articulated in the 21st Century Competencies document. BTW – nowhere in that document does it speak to the notion of being able to simply use multiple platforms – it does however remind us that our learners need to be able to “select appropriate digital tools according to purpose”, “create a positive digital footprint”, “co-construct knowledge, meaning and content” “contributes solutions to complex problems”….etc….technology is a TOOL to allow learners to do this work, and by doing this work, our learners deeply LEARN the skills, knowledge and attitudes to be successful in the 21st Century. The learning is not about the TOOL. Let’s keep the focus on the notion that our students need to be able to communicate, think critically, problem solve, etc…and that technology is a vehicle that helps them to make this learning relevant.
Health and Safety Reminders: POLICY 718
As the weather is beginning to warm, it might be an excellent time to review the SGDSB Footwear Policy, ensuring that everyone in your school understand the expectations and safety associated with this policy.
VEHICLES at GOPS – Although there are signs in the parking lot at GOPS, please remind your staff that, when attending PD at the school, they are not to drive through the school yard to exit. There are many children who play in that space after school hours and recently, there have been a number of individuals who have traveled through the yard at high speeds. Staff should exit via the main entrance to the parking lot and should avoid going through the yard please! New, larger, brighter signs have been ordered to help us with this. Thanks to everyone for being safe and for keeping children safe!
Thursday Morning Teleconference – cancelled this week as we are meeting on Friday.
Professional Learning for K-2 WebConferences – April 26th or 27th -I still don’t have any information about these webconferences. They will be captured electronically for us to use later as I recognize how late this is. I contacted Heather early last week and she did not have information either! Am thinking that we abort any plans for this.
District Support Visits – I will be setting up teleconferences with principals/SLP teams who are having a district support visit this year. These teleconferences are designed to plan the day, as they format of the day must match your SLP and your school needs. Remember, these are peer assessment feedback conversations. An email with the Principal Package for District Support will also be sent to those schools.
Elementary Principal Session on Friday – The agenda will be sent to you early this week, however start time is 9:00 and end time is 3:30. Please be sure to read the Pearson Document that I will send to you via email prior to the day. In addition, if you have items for the agenda, please forward them to me by the end of the day on Monday. Sara will be bringing lunch from Drifters. Thanks everyone! Looking forward to time to discuss!
Admin Professionals Day – don’t forget about this opportunity to do something special for your school secretaries!
Carried Over from Last Week
Education Week – May 2-6 is Education Week and the theme this year is “Achieving Excellence: Promoting Well-Being”. What are your school plans? Remember that Dave appreciates being sent the plans ahead of time so that he can speak to them on the radio. Also, remember to take photos for the Director’s Newsletter!
Mon – Dr. Clinton Lead Team at 8:30, Budget Meeting in am, Dr. Clinton Session Facilitator teleconference at 2:30
Tues – BEPS for BLDS meeting with Shelley, PIC Meeting in pm
Wed – Primary Math Session, Meeting with CM at 3:00
Thurs – Junior Math all day
Fri – Elementary Principal Meeting all day
April 26 and 27 (repeated) – Professional Learning for K-2 teachers – Kindergarten document WebConferences
April 27 – Primary Math PLC
April 27 – Administrative Professionals’ Day
April 28 – Junior Math PLC
April 29 – Elementary Principal Meeting at GOPS 9:00-3:30
May 2-5 – Education Week – “Achieving Excellence: Promoting Well-Being”
May 5 – Staff Appreciation Day
May 12 – College of ECE Presentation in pm for FDK schools
May 16 – NTIP Steering Committee Meeting (9:00-10:30)
May 18 – Pedagogical Leadership Session for Team of 10
May 20 – All Inquiry/PLC release days completed
June 10 – all Teacher Performance Appraisals are complete and signed off on (and sent to the Board Office).
June 15 – Fair Start Completed
June 21 – National Aboriginal Day
June 28 – School Learning Plan Evaluations Due to NMC (with school team input!!)
Learning Fair Celebration Dates – The Elementary Learning Celebration Fair will take place on Friday, May 27, 2016 at GOPS.