October 16, 2019 - MRVED Common Inservice Day at Dawson-Boyd Schools
October 23, 2019 - Superintendents' Council
October 25, 2019 - Principals' Council
November 12, 2019 - Community Education Directors
November 15, 2019 - Principals' Council & TAC
October 16, 2019 Information:
Thank you to everyone who registered for the October 16th MRVED Common Inservice Day!
The schedule for the day is as followed:
8:00 a.m. - 8:35 a.m. - Coffee, juice, & muffins in the Dawson-Boyd Commons Area
(Compliments of your administrators)
8:40 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Morning Session
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Lunch in the Dawson-Boyd Commons Area
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - District Time (Location determined by your administration)
1. Enter through door #4 (located on 9th street - this is a ONE WAY STREET)
2. Once you arrive, be sure to stop by the registration table near the commons area to pick up your registration packet (agenda with room numbers, clock hours, and lunch ticket, if applicable). Your agenda is your CLOCK HOUR CERTIFICATE.
3. Dress in layers. Some of the rooms could be warm or cool depending on the number of people in the session.
4. If you are not eating the catered meal, we suggest you bring a bag lunch. If you are planning to eat off campus, please remember the next session begins promptly at 12:30 p.m.
5. An electronic evaluation will be sent via email on Monday, October 21st. Please complete it as soon as possible. The feedback from the evaluation is used in planning future MRVED events.
*Please look for an email regarding additional details of the day coming soon!
If you have any questions regarding the October 16th MRVED Common Inservice Day, please contact Katie Raymo at 320-269-9297 or kraymo@mrved. net.
We are looking forward to a great fall inservice!
MELT 2020 Call for PresentationsThe MRVED Educators Learning Together (MELT) conference will be held at Lac qui Parle Valley High School on January 20, 2020. To help make this conference the best ever, we need your help. The MRVED is looking for enthusiastic people willing to present on something great happening in your classroom. This can be anything from Google Drive to differentiation techniques in your classroom. Show us how you Teach Like a Pirate or incorporate Social Emotional Learning into your classroom! Technology or no technology proposals are welcome. Presenters will be paid a small stipend for your work. You may submit as many presentation proposals as you wish.
**We are actively seeking any Pre-K people that would like to present, as well as Social Emotional Learning topics!**
**By filling out this form you are not committing to presenting, just providing the MRVED with your name and topic.**
Link to Proposal Form
Impact Education Conference (Formally TIES)
Date: December 14-17, 2019
Location: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Lead Like a PIRATE - Rapport, Ask & Analyze, Transformation, EnthusiasmAs I mentioned in the introduction to Lead Like a Pirate, this book will be beneficial to anyone in any leadership role, not just school administration. What follows is simply my thoughts on the chapters, that will hopefully spur some thoughts of your own and maybe challenge your thinking and/or practices. My little synopsis is by no means a substitute for reading the book!
This chapter talks about the importance of making connections and building relationships with the people you lead. The chapter provides a variety of strategies to make connections with people. However, the one thing that stuck with me was the word "trust". If people don't trust you, there is no way you can build relationships. The authors provide a great example about the supply closet being locked in a school. I'm sure there is a reason why it is locked, but the underlying tone is that we don't trust you to go into the supply closet. Without trust, people will never get behind any ideas you have or anything you say. Everything you say or do will be questioned. A leader needs to develop the trust of their people before anything else can happen!
Ask & Analyze
"Good questions inform; great questions transform (Burgess & Houf, 48)." This quote says it all. An example of this would be to think about how you ask the following question: "What are your goals for this year?" One way to do this would be to ask, "What is something you have always wanted to do in your class, but haven't tried yet? How can I help make that happen?" Think about what different type of responses you would get for each type of question. Now apply this thinking to any of the questions you ask. How can we elevate our questioning?
To be an effective leader, sometimes you need to truly transform your tasks. I use the analogy of a toy Transformer. The toy looks like a vehicle at the beginning, but by the time it fully transforms it looks like a robot. Our tasks need to do the same. They need to look nothing like what they looked like at the beginning. True transformation is not tweaking one thing and calling it good. It's changing the status quo.
The "E" in PIRATE stands for Enthusiasm. Bottom line; if you aren't excited as a leader, the people that follow you aren't going to be excited as well. Being a leader is hard work, and some days are not as fun as others, but the day is what you make it. Your attitude is contagious with the group. As Dave Burgess said, "Fake it until you make it if you have to".
|Picture taken from https://leadlikeapirate.net/bookresources/|
This wraps up section I in the book Lead Like a Pirate. I'm excited to see what the rest of the book has to offer!