ACSA Education Bulletin – October 2014

ACSA_sqrAlaska Council of School Administrators – Education Bulletin

The Education Bulletin is a publication produced by ACSA, featuring articles from ACSA board members and other school administrators or officials, as well as the Executive Directors of AASA, AAESP, and AASSP.

Great Things Surround Us

by John Pothast, President AAESP; Principal, Redoubt Elementary

In 2007, writer Gene Weingarten conducted an experiment to gauge our ability, or inability, to recognize the beauty that surrounds us amidst our hectic lives. In his April, 2007, Washington Post article titled ―Pearls before Break-fast,‖ Weingarten writes that he developed the idea ―as an experiment in context, perception and priorities—as well as an unblinking assessment of public taste: In a banal setting, at an inconvenient time, would beauty transcend?

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At the Forefront: student mental health

by Jennifer Schmitz, ACSA/AAESP President Elect; Principal, Scenic Park Elementary

Over the past few months, I have had the privilege of working on the ACSA Joint Position Statements Committee. If you have never been a part of this process, I encourage you to get involved. It was more than empowering to spend time with educational professionals from the different ACSA affiliates as we came together to identify hot topics worthy of our attention and support during the upcoming year.

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Sharing Your Story

by Rod Morrison, AASSP President; Principal, Gilson Middle School

Many years ago, in Mr. Sanford‘s seventh grade math class, another student made an inappropriate comment. Before I realized what I was doing, I chimed in and made a comment of my own, and we both landed in the principal‘s office. I was your typical middle school (MS) student who dreaded school and felt uncomfortable about everything—

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JPS: The Foundation of Our Legislative Work

by Dr. Lisa Skiles Parady, ACSA Executive Director

The Alaska Council of School Administrators (ACSA) is a professional organization committed to providing leadership and a collective professional voice in setting the educational agenda for Alaska. We are the umbrella of Alaska‘s four premier educational leadership organizations: elementary and secondary principals, superintendents, and school business officials.

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ASDN Upcoming Events

by Kelly Tonsmeire, Director ASDN

Join us for the fourth annual Alaska RTI Conference, Advancing Imple-mentation: A Deeper Dive Into RTI, January 24-25 at the Dena‘ina Center in Anchorage. Explore how to scale up your implementation of RTI. How do you move beyond the basics to improve core instruction, provide effective supplemental interventions, and ensure intensive academic and behavioral interventions when needed?

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Making a Difference, Principal Leadership Matters

by Mary McMahon, AASSP President Elect; Principal, Colony Middle School

This isn‘t just a job, it‘s a calling. We have the power to make a difference every single day. As the new school year begins, I find myself asking the question, -How do I inspire the teachers who I work with to realize they are the great gift‘ and have the power each day to make a positive difference in the lives of young people?

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Previous Bulletins:
April 2014

Oct ’14: Alaska School Principals’ Month

Alaska-StateSeal.svgAlaska Governor announces October 2014 as School Principal Recognition Month

I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska do hereby proclaim October 2014 as: School Principal Recognition Month in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to acknowledge and express appreciation for Alaska’s school principals whose continued investment in our children and communities helps build a brighter future for our great state.

Read the full proclamation here…
September 30, 2014

ESEA Waivers

US Department of Education – ESEA Waivers

us-department-education-logoAvailable via the U.S. Department of Education’s website are a set of materials that provide a substantive overview of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility process—also known as ESEA waivers—by which 34 states and the District of Columbia have applied for and received flexibility regarding certain provisions of ESEA. The intent of these materials—a brochure and five companion fact sheets—is to explain the rationale and intent of ESEA flexibility, as well as address its key components and highlight plan elements for a number of states approved for flexibility. For the ease of your members and affiliates, all of the documents can be easily printed and produced as front-to-back copies; the fact sheets are two-pagers, and the brochure is a tri-fold.

The brochure and fact sheets can be found on the Department’s updated ESEA flexibility web page:http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/esea-flexibility/. Individual links to the documents are below:

ACSA Education Bulletin – April 2014

ACSA_sqrAlaska Council of School Administrators – Education Bulletin

The Education Bulletin is a publication produced by ACSA, featuring articles from ACSA board members and other school administrators or officials, as well as the Executive Directors of AASA, AAESP, and AASSP.

As Education in Alaska Changes, Who Do You Want Leading the Charge?

by Rod Morrison, AASSP President; Principal, Gilson Middle School

I just returned from Juneau, where I had the opportunity to meet with state legislators and staff and spend time with many of our state’s leaders in education. One of the things we know for sure is that the face of education in Alaska is changing—everything from funding to standards, evaluations, and all of the resources we will need to prepare our students to succeed.

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ACSA Welcomes New Executive Director

by Lisa Parady, ACSA/AASA Incoming Executive Director

Let me begin my first column with a heartfelt thanks to our outgoing Executive Director, Bruce Johnson. Truly, it is worth recognizing the skills and experience he brought to us – statewide knowledge, deep education exeperience, and an ability to bring people together. My plan is to continue to walk in his path while I get my feet on the ground.

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Leading the Way with Instructional Tours

by Mary McMahon, AASSP President Elect; Principal, Colony Middle School

How do we adapt to meet the challenges coming our way with the new teacher evaluation and standards? One answer we’ve found is through our monthly instructional tours. At Colony Middle School, we have been leading the way with instructional tours over the years by hosting them monthly and working with teachers to come up with a process that works best.

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Think Different

by John Pothast, President AAESP; Principal, Redoubt Elementary

I have a school full of misfits, rebels, and troublemakers. A number of my students are round pegs trying to fit into square holes, and some are not fond of our rules. I also
have a school full of students who will change our world—who will be future politicians, scientists, lawyers, doctors, petroleum engineers, construction workers, and educators.

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Proud to be a Principal

by Jennifer Schmitz, AAESP President Elect; Principal, Scenic Park Elementary

This past week, it was my privilege and honor to attend the annual “Principal Fly-in” in Juneau as a representative of both the Anchorage Principals Association (APA) and the Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals (AAESP).

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AAESP State Conference

The 2014 AAESP State Conference has come and gone, but mark your October 2015 calendars, and we’ll see you back next year.

The information below is kept for archival purposes only:

Sheraton Anchorage Hotel
Sunday, October 19, 2014 – Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Alaska Principals' Conference
Alaska Principals’ Conference
Sheraton Anchorage Hotel
Oct 19-21, 2014
907-276-8700
401 East 6th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99501

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AAESP serves elementary, middle school, K-12, curriculum directors, university professors, and a variety of other educational organizations around the State of Alaska.