- Principal Julie Synyard, teachers David Tarpinian and David Rice, and students, will discuss the development of Tam's CORE program, and how work begun this summer in TUHSD's Instructional Technology Teacher Collaborative is being implemented
- Teachers Christina Amoroso and Aaron Pribble, along with Principal Julie Synyard, will discuss the recent Crucial Conversations training and how it will impact daily work with students, staff, and the community
- The Physical Education teachers and Principal Julie Synyard will discuss how work done as a Professional Learning Community has enhanced work with program goals, proficiency scales, and curricular delivery
- Teacher Brian Zailian and Principal Julie Synyard will provide an update on the Global Studies program
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
- Good boards set a vision for their districts based on input from stakeholders. The vision is an aspirational statement of what should be true for all students. Decisions of the board should be made in light of the mission.
- Good school boards set policy for the district and listen to a variety of stakeholder groups as a part of the policy-setting process.
- Good school boards understand the budget and ensure that it responsibly supports the mission.
- Good boards attempt to reach decisions that all members can support.
- Good school boards make every effort to operate openly by encouraging public attendance at their meetings and keeping constituents informed of the district's progress.
- Good boards are efficient and have protocols and procedures for how they will operate as a team.
- Good boards know that they are in the business of education. They talk about education, they study the needs of students, and they are familiar with current educational research.
- Good school boards know the difference between governance (which is the board's job) and management (which is the administration's job), and place a high priority on respecting that difference.
- Has the proven ability to work as a member of a team, including keeping an open mind and engaging in give-and-take to arrive at a group consensus.
- Keeps learning and achievement of all students as their primary focus.
- Takes the time necessary to become informed and do the homework required to actively take part in effective school board meetings.
- Recognizes and respects differences of perspective and style on the board and among staff, students, parents, and the community.
- Acts with dignity and understands the implications of demeanor and behavior.
- Keeps confidential matters confidential.
- Participates in professional development and commits the time and energy necessary to be an informed leader.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
- From the Drake engineering program, student Luis Samartin and teacher Ben Varvil will share student-designed and manufactured classroom signs
- Principal Liz Seabury, teacher Chizzie Brown, and Trek students will give an update on the New Tech Pilot program, including a student presentation on digital citizenship
- Leadership students, teacher Kendall Galli, and Principal Seabury will present "Drake is M.A.G.I.C." ~ Hint: It stands for Making A Greater Individual Commitment
- Drake's bid to become an Ocean Guardian School will be discussed by Principal Seabury, teacher Michael Wing, and students
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying
Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the internet
About one in five teens have posted or sent sexually suggestive or nude pictures of themselves to others
- Connect with and have ongoing conversations with the parents of our children's friends
- Use headlines and current events to discuss "good judgment" in a digital world
- Learn about social media first-hand by creating and using our own accounts
- Share a bit about our daily social media use as a way to facilitate daily conversation about our children's online habits
- Remember to make a point of discouraging kids from gossiping, spreading rumors, bullying, or damaging someone's reputation digitally or in person. In addition, be an example of empathy and caring for others' reputations.
These are just a few ideas, but so much more is available for us all. Check out some of the following resources:
- "We Must Protect Kids from Bullying," by Kathleen Sebelius and Arne Duncan, Houston Chronicle, October 9, 2010.
- 101 Facts About Bullying: What Everyone Should Know. Book review. The School Administrator, August 2009.
- Cyberbullying, from Education. com
- Cyberbullying Research Center, directed by Sameer Hinduja of Florida Atlantic University and Justin Patchin of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
- "Ending the Silence: Bullying in the Curriculum," by Patrick K. Finnessey. The School Administrator, February 2010.
- "Lifting the Limits on Social Networking Sites," by Kevin P. Brady. The School Administrator, February 2010.
- "Sexting: A New Challenge for Educators and Families," by Ernie Allen, President and CEO, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
- "What is Sexting?" from AASA