April 2016


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Within a week of receiving this email, you and your entire staff will receive Success Stories newsletter in an email.
When Principals Deserve Thanks 
Hot off the Education Week Leadership 360 Blog  
The role of principal is as complex as any leader's.Their responsibilities are replete with expectations that include providing and maintaining a safe environment in which teaching and learning can flourish for the children as well as the adults. Principals are expected to be instructional leaders, building managers, communication and relationship experts. They are expected to have and hold the vision for the school, supervise and evaluate, encourage and coach, and build and keep a culture that invites risk taking, expects civility, and is inclusive of each child and adult. Principals are expected to collect, analyze and utilize data to inform decisions about most everything that goes on in their schools.
Thank you for all the many generous acts, which often went unnoticed because you didn't tell anyone. Thank you for demanding excellence from everyone, because everyone "played better" in pursuit of excellence. Thank you for being such a big part of why our school has become a model school. Thank you for your friendship, which enhanced our professional relationship and made my personal life richer.
Success Partners Year 2 Summer Institute
Cohort 5 

Congratulations! When you complete Module 10, you will have developed a customized Parent-School Partnership Plan ready to implement next year! 
Join us at the Success Partners Year Two training to learn what to do next!
This is a one-day event lasting from 9am to 4pm. You will receive the latest information and updates on the Teaching & Learning Exchange, learn how to implement and study the results of your Parent-School Partnership Plan (PSPP), and network with other schools, determining how to keep the momentum of your PSPP work alive with your staff. Lunch will be provided. 

                                                                                                                                           Success Partners Module 4  leads to an innovative parent event.  

Kathleen Spangler, Lower Level Principal at St. Petersburg Christian School, reports what their staff learned from the Parent Engagement Survey in Module 4  - that the parents wanted more information on social behaviors, cognitive behaviors and development.  So they asked  behavior analysts Robert Hasbrouck, MS/BCABA and Elizabeth Hasbrouck, MA/BCBA from Accelerated Teaching Center Inc., to lead an educational training session for parents and teachers on applicable behavior basics.  During this session parents and teachers learned how to better navigate behaviors, identified their functions, gained realistic tools and methods to decrease inappropriate behaviors and increase the desired, appropriate behaviors needed to build healthy relationships.  
Checklist: Questions to Ask Before and During Your Child's IEP Meeting. 
Asking questions can help you be more informed, prepared and confident as a member of the IEP team.   Click here to visit Understood.org for learning and attention issues and to learn more.
PDAs, Smartphones and Tablet PCs as Cognitive-Behavioral Aids in Autism 
Webcast offered  by Dr. Tony Gentry of Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dr. Gentry is an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University with extensive knowledge in Neurological Rehabilitation, Cognitive Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology. To access Dr. Gentry's webcast on PDAs, Smartphones and Tablet PCs as Cognitive-Behavioral Aids in Autism  To learn more about VCU Autism Center for Excellence click here
'Don't Fear' Students Who Challenge Class Chemistry 
One of our Success Partners modules is based on behavior as a barrier to parent engagement. However, behavior can be a barrier to us becoming the best educator possible - look at this as an opportunity, not a burden! 
 Larry Ferlazzo writes in his edweek.org blog: 
Years ago, I was lucky enough to meet a man who had worked with Gandhi during the campaign for that country's independence.  He told me, "Larry, the key to Gandhi's success was that he looked at every problem as an opportunity, not as a pain-in-the-butt!"
I'm not quite sure that Gandhi would used that exact language, but the message has stayed with me for all these years and has considerable enhanced my quality of life.  And
when it comes to classroom challenges, most of the time (though, certainly, not always) I am able to maintain the perspective of looking at them as opportunities for me to become a better teacher.

Larry talks about having that challenging student in a classroom, and is joined with wonderful tips and ideas from Kevin Parr, Gianna Cassetta,  Allen Mendler and Signe Whitson.  The blog has links and audio which will bolster educators as they re-think that challenging student. 

"Students who tend to upset classroom balance usually have unmet basic needs for connection, competence and/or control." Allen Mendler 
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Judi Duff, AmeriCorps Achieve  Program Manager