October
2016

ISSUE
No.4

ADMIN  ADVANTAGE UPDATES 
 
Administrators in the Success Partners network stay informed of the latest information, events, and support using this monthly Admin Advantage Updates email. Our  Success Stories newsletter is delivered within a week to both leadership and staff members whose emails  have been made available. 
Kindle Winner Announced for
Parent School Partnership Plan Input!
Congratulations to Baila Gansburg from South Florida Jewish Academy! She was randomly picked to win a Kindle for sharing her Parent-School Partnership Plan structures and processes in our brand new online PSPP database! 
One of their new successful processes was adding student assessments to their Orientation event. In her words, "Prior to the start of school, each student was invited to come by appointment and be assessed in curricular areas while the parents met the Principal and discussed particulars about their children. Parents were asked to fill out a volunteer form expressing their choice of where they can best partner and assist throughout the school and/or with students. This gave us the opportunity to understand specific student needs prior to the start of school. Teachers were better able to adjust their curriculum to meet the needs of their students.  Parents were more involved throughout the year." 
Do you want to share your successes? Fill out our form here!
Gardiner Scholarships Almost Double! 
October 2015 - SUFS had 3,651 Gardiner Scholarships.
October 2016 - SUFS has 6,397 Gardiner Scholarships!  
 
Educators Want More Mobile Technologies for Classroom Use
Special education teachers are more likely to use mobile apps with their students than general education teachers, but are not receiving enough formal training on the use of mobile technology for instructional purposes, according to a report released today as part of a new initiative examining the role of mobile technology in special ed. Read the full posting below:   
click on the title to open the article 
  
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and
 Disability History Month
NDEAM was first established in 1945 by Congress, but called "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week. In 1988 it became known as National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and was extended from the first week of October to the whole month.
Teaching and Learning Exchange (TLE)
Tips Corner
"How To"      Live    TLE Webinars!
 
Click on the date of choice to connect to the webinar topic of choice.
Please note, there are two different dates available for each webinar topic.
OR CUT and PASTE this link:
 
Login as a 'GUEST' and enter your name and school name click 'ENTER ROOM.' 
You will be directed to a textbox providing an overview on
'How to use Adobe Connect webinar system.'
Follow directions provided on the screen and wait for the presenter to begin the webinar.
 
 
3:30 ~ 4:30 PM
Getting Parents
Onboard with the TLE
3:30 ~ 4:30 PM
Getting Parents
Onboard with the TLE
3:30 ~ 4:30 PM
Getting Onboard with the PLP (Personal Learning Plan)
3:30 ~ 4:30 PM
Getting Onboard with the PLP (Personal Learning Plan)
3:30 ~ 4:30 PM
How to Print
Report Cards
3:30 ~ 4:30 PM
How to Print
Report Cards
 
**Webinars are recorded and can be accessed at https://www.stepupforstudents.org/ For Schools and Providers ►Office of Student Learning ► Teaching and Learning Exchange ►Webinars
How to Print Progress Report  recorded Webinar link:  http://bit.ly/2ProgressReports
How to Customize and Print Report Card recorded Webinar link:   http://bit.ly/2ReportCards


Step Up For Students is excited to introduce a NEW & IMPROVED Teaching and Learning Exchange with an easy-to-use Parent Portal!
The Parent Portal enhances communication and collaboration between school staff and families.  The TLE Parent Portal allows families to stay engaged in their child's academic and social progress.
Click on the link to access a webinar on 'Getting Parents Onboard with the TLE' :    http://bit.ly/TLEParents 
Professional Learning Standards
LEARNING DESIGNS 
Apply Learning Theories, Research, And Models

 Year 1 and Year 2 schools in Success Partners have been studying standards for professional learning found on learningforward.org.


This month we will unpack the LEARNING DESIGNS standard a bit more with two blog links: 

You are invited to sign in for a  free subscription to edweek to read the entire article
 Click on the title to view the blog entry

This blog discusses parent beliefs about the importance of and information learned through formative assessments over the school year. 
Click on the title to view the blog entry

 
CALLING MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!  
APPLY TO BE A PAGE OR MESSENGER FOR A WEEK TO
PARTICIPATE IN THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS 
CLICK IMAGE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
Pages and Messengers are students who come to the Capitol and work one week during the 60-day Regular Session. Each of our 120 Representatives may sponsor one Page (ages 12-14) and one Messenger (ages 15-18). Being selected to serve is an honor and privilege. Pages and Messengers assist the Representatives and their staff during the Capitol's busiest time of year while observing state government in action. 
DETAILS AND APPLICATION - CLICK LINK
Note: each applicant has to be sponsored by a lawmaker. This is why the House application will not be available until after the election, since it will need to be sitting member for the 2017 session. 
http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/contentViewer.aspx?Category=PublicGuide&File=Applications_and_Opportunities_Page_And_Messenger_Program.html

SIGN UP GENIUS Program Engages Parents at St. Joseph Catholic School 
Deborah Suddarth, principal at St. Joseph Catholic School in Bradenton, shares an app for parent events that is working well for them. In keeping with the goal of increasing parental involvement, St. Joseph Catholic utilizes an online program called SignUp Genius.  The program was easily set up the school office and allows for the designation of teachers, coaches, PTO officers, and committee chairs to manage their own activities where volunteers are needed.  A free version is available, but St. Joseph Catholic School found the paid version very reasonable, with added features that include one site showing all current volunteer opportunities, email to volunteers, and tracking of volunteer hours.   A simple link to the school's website allows parents to keep track of all volunteer opportunities (left side of image).   A multi-tabbing feature (right side of the image) allows all classes to appear at one location so parents can easily choose their times for upcoming events such as Parent-Teacher conferences or Carnival signups.  The program reminds parents of their signups two days before the event, and thank you messages can be sent following the event.  The program has definitely made being involved in school activities much easier.   
Office of Student Learning Team    OSL FAX: 708.776.0852
Dr. Carol Thomas, Vice President   727.409.9137     
  Dr. Scott Beck,  Senior Coordinator   386.873.8024  
Dr. Lauren Barlis, Director    352.233.6523  
Erica Peron, Senior Coordinator 786.273.8131
Kaethe Perez, Director   727.647.3496
Meredith McKay, Process Manager 941.737.4303
Paula Nelson, Director    727.772.3235
Heather Thompson , Coordinator 850.933.4608
Nina Gregory, Software Implementation Specialist   727.300.0359
Melanie Schneider, Coordinator   561.818.3453
Marie Bestman, Coordinator 786.261.6525
Judi Duff, Coordinator   813.541.8553