Mentoring Matters for Elementary Principals: April
See how exercise impacts your body, brain, and mind and get moving today to reap more benefits tomorrow!
Take on Tough Conversations:
This month’s Educational Leadership offers tips for taking on difficult conversations.
Make Mental Health a Focus:
Learn strategies for addressing and supporting students with mental health concerns.
Director of the Child and Adolescent Action Center at the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Darcy Gruttadaro, offers ways in which schools can support students with mental illness and directs readers to the NAMI website for resources and training options. Iowa has several NAMI outreach affiliates.
Steps Schools Can Take
Read the full article, which includes a list of warning signs.
Planning for Professional Learning:
As you collect summative data for the 2014-15 year and look toward the learning goals for your building in 2015-16, you will find the Iowa Professional Development Model (IPDM) provides tools and resources to guide you in reflecting on the impact of your current professional learning plan, analyzing your summative data, determining the focus for future adult learning, and designing an effective building professional development plan.
You can access the IPDM to facilitate your school improvement process.
These lists are intended as a guide—we encourage you to process in your mentor-mentee team to identify other items that may need your attention!