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.
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.
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.
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.
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).