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Elementary Principals September Statewide Mentoring Meeting Follow up and Follow through

PowerPoint from the Event

Learning Community - Setting Goals:

We engaged in a Success Analysis Protocol to share tools and resources participants use for setting goals. We shared two articles, one of which we are unable to post due to copyright, that provide information for setting goals and objectives at the classroom level. You can access the other article here.

Working Productively with Difficult Staff:

We processed several strategies for supporting difficult conversations. The first included a three-step approach:

  1. Observe
  2. Remedy and
  3. Rationale.

This approach is most effective for short-term improvement conversations usually related to managerial and professional conduct issues.

The second strategy targeted long-term improvement conversations usually related to instructional and collaborative practice issues:

  1. Prepare an agenda
  2. Frame arguments as inquiry and
  3. Build relationships through expressions of gratitude and acknowledgement.

Participants also engaged in a Six Thinking Hats protocol to process a controversial issue.. Additionally, Eller and Eller share strategies for working most successfully with staff in their article published in the September/October 2012 issue of Principal linked here. You will find a handout regarding systems thinking as well!

Legal Vortex:

SAI Legal Services Director Matt Carver facilitated discussion regarding the points of law presented by two scenarios, which are available here.

Panel Discussion: Engaging Staff in Professional Learning:

Several experienced colleagues shared their strategies for engaging staff in professional learning.

Leadership-Life Fit:

Cast out the notion of work-life balance and seek a fit that's right for you! Please check in with each other to offer support in your efforts to find and maintain the right leadership-life fit!

  • How have you scheduled yourself this week?
  • What have you delegated?
  • What systems for efficiency have you established?