Reflecting on Year Two

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Yesterday officially brought the 2014-15 academic year to a close. It was also the end of my second year as an elementary associate principal. Some highlights for me from the past year include:

  • Relationships: I love meeting people and getting to know them. This is a good thing because so much of what I do as an associate principal is based upon the relationships that I have with students, with parents, and with faculty and staff. This year I’ve focused on continuing to build and nurture those relationships. I feel more effective professionally and have been enriched personally.

  • Practice: Growing professionally can happen in many ways. While I learn from those around me on a daily basis, taking advantage of professional development opportunities is another way for me to learn and grow. This year I attended an Adaptive Schools seminar with four full days of learning, thinking, and planning for how I would incorporate new skills into my work. I also participated in a writing workshop for teachers of grades three, four and five. I’ve put those skills to use and am excited to continue practicing and using them.
  • Visits: Being in the classrooms and other learning spaces is invigorating, intriguing, and keeps me in touch with what and how students are learning. I was more consistent with classroom visits and providing teachers with more meaningful feedback than last year. I also have a much better understanding of how our curriculum is being implemented as well as ideas for next steps.

Looking forward to 2015-16, my goals are to:

  • Visit classrooms and engage in learning conversations with teachers more.
  • Engage more meaningfully with students.
  • Further develop leadership skills through Cognitive Coaching and completing the Certificate of International School Leadership at the Principals’ Training Center.

Finally, it’s been one year since my last blog post. So one more goal? Get back to blogging!

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