Partners In Personalization

Update for Sept 8-11

Photo Credit: Kelly Ramm/Hilliard City Schools

The graphic above that was shared with everyone during our first staff meeting of the year helped to generate great conversation about what it means to personalize education.  We discussed some of the approaches that we are doing that support personalizing education and ones that we need to strengthen.  

One point we shared during this time was that we are all at different points on this journey towards personalizing education, but that it is important that we are all on this journey together.  We also agreed that we will never “arrive” – Education constantly changes.  Taking steps towards personalizing are important because as we discussed, the world is becoming personalized place.  

Some are worried about the challenge of personalizing education for 25-30 students and I agree this is a challenge. However, something we need to remember is that we don’t have to do personalize education alone. We have partners out there that will help us personalize education for kids and these partners are parents. 

Parents want to be able to help their child have access to an excellent learning experience. In order for us to do that we have to be able to meet parents where they are and to do that we need to find out what they need. I am proud that our community has responded to this need and recognized an opportunity to connect with parents through a re-imagining of a traditional school event.

On September 16th, we will be hosting our 1st Parent EdCamp/Curriculum Night, a night where parents get to choose a learning experience that fits their needs as a family to better support their child. For us educators, this night is a prime opportunity to build partnerships with families that, if sustained throughout the school year, can help us get closer to achieving a personalized learning experience for each of our students. We have the chance to go beyond bullet points and Powerpoint presentations and truly provide parents with what they need to know more about to better help their child.

I am excited about this opportunity to take our partnerships with parents and our efforts to personalize education to a new level!

Have a great week!

–Herb

Articles worth reading

“From Possibilities to Priorities: Inspiring a Vision for Learning” http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/11834

“3 Hacks that Solve Big School Problems” via @cultofpedagogy http://www.cultofpedagogy.com/hacking-education/

“For Back to School, Reimagine Classroom Design” http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/08/07/for-back-to-school-reimagine-classroom-design/



Videos worth viewing




Upcoming Events

Sept 14 – PTO General Meeting — Staff: Don’t forget to sign-up to host a snack and join us for the PTO Meeting!  See Jillian for more information.


Sept 16 — Parent EdCamp/Curriculum Night! 5:30-7:00pm;  see Heather or Herb for more details.


Sept 17 — Admin Meeting (Herb)


Sept 21 — Staff Development Day – No Students; Agenda to come…


Sept 23 — ADCC Staff Meeting, 3:45 ADE Media Center


Sept 24 — Picture Day


Sept 30 — Staff Meeting, 8:00am; Mumkin Pickup 4-7pm


Oct 5-9 — Fall Conference Week, Conference Night is Oct 7.


Oct 5 — PTO General Meeting, 7pm


Oct 6 — Building Improvement Team meeting


Oct 10 — Community Cardboard Challenge, ILC/Scioto Darby Campus, 9-12pm
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All Smiles!

Update for Oct 13-17


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What happens when you give students choice in their learning? All smiles.


What happens when you allow teachers to share something they are passionate about with others? All smiles.


What happens to the leaders who see their students’ interests matched with their teachers’ passions? 

All smiles.


I will always remember Friday, October 10, 2014 as a day when I couldn’t stop smiling.  It was an amazing effort to coordinate 35 unique learning sessions and 900+ students, but it was even more amazing to see the excitement, to hear the conversation, and to feel the energy that morning.


I continue to reflect on our day and I keep coming back to the question “What are the implications for learning at school?”.  We are starting to get past assumptions and move beyond barriers in order to connect each child’s learning experience to something bigger.


Thank you so much for making Kids EdCamp such a huge success.  We talked, we dreamed, and then, we made it happen.  We are beginning to explore what is possible for kids and I can’t wait to see what can do next.


Upcoming Dates


Mon Oct 13, 2014   
3:35-4:20 ADE/DCR Staff Meeting at ADE
6:30pm – 7pm PTO Executive Mtg
7pm – 8pm PTO General Mtg


Tue Oct 14, 2014
8:00-8:45am Conversation about PBIS — This is a voluntary meeting. We will be discussing the guiding principles that will define the expectations for Alton Darby. We hope that you can join!


6pm Mr. Gill Concert for PreSchool in ADE Gym


Wed Oct 15, 2014
2:15pm – Lockdown Drill


Thu Oct 16, 2014   
Spirit Day/Crazy Sock Day! (Socktober)

Fri Oct 17, 2014

Central Ohio In-Service Day – No School for Students


Wed Oct 22, 2014
Data Team Half-Day Meeting — 5th Grade AM; 4th Grade PM
3:35-4:20 ADE/DCR Staff Meeting at ADE


Thu Oct 23, 2014
Data Team Half-Day Meeting — 3rd Grade AM; 2nd Grade PM


Mon Oct 27, 2014
Yearbook Art Contest Begins (Ends Nov 7)


Tue Oct 28, 2014
Fall Concert at Bradley High School


Thu Oct 30, 2014
Data Team Half-Day Meeting — Kindergarten AM; 1st Grade PM
5:30pm – 6:30pm Market Day


Fri Oct 31, 2014
Halloween


Tue Nov 4, 2014
Waiver Day – More information to come!


Fri Nov 7, 2014
Newsletter Home
Yearbook Art Contest Ends
8am – 9am Building Advisory Committee Meeting


Articles worth reading


“How Dream Coordinators at Schools Help Students Reach Goals | MindShift” http://feedly.com/k/1uCk9gA


“Balancing Opportunities for Children to Think and Talk About Text” http://feedly.com/k/1t4p0HF


“8 Characteristics of the Innovative Leader” http://feedly.com/e/MWFwblCm


“20% is Not Enough” http://feedly.com/e/djT1QJ4D


“How To Teach Math With LEGOs” http://edudemic.com/teach-math-legos/


Videos worth watching