ACSA Education Bulletin – October 2014

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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 Breakfast, 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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April 2014