Blogging as Reflection.
Using an ongoing reflective tool like a blog helps to make a PGP a living document. it makes it an evidence based process, not a file that is referred to when reminded to do so. All of my blog entries are tied to the Principal Quality Standards.
Professional Goal: The principal builds trust and fosters positive working relationships, on the basis of appropriate values and ethical foundations, within the school community — students, teachers and other staff, parents, school council and others who have an interest in the school. The Principal:
- Uses effective communication, facilitation, and problem-solving skills
- Supports processes for improving relationships and dealing with conflict within the school community
- Ensure timely an effective communication with parents, especially our parent council regarding new or modified programs, timetables, meetings, opportunities, etc.
- Ensure information is communicated in multiple ways
- Facebook, Email, Paper copies in agenda if necessary.
- Streamline communication to ensure families aren’t receiving multiple copies of the same items
- Be available for parents who want to meet.
- Regular meetings with the Parent Council Chair and Fundraising Chair (in addition to monthly meetings)
- Ensure documents on the school website are updated and easy to access.
- Feedback from Parent Council as to the effectiveness of communication
- Reduction in phone calls and emails asking for information that has already been provided.
Admin Team Goal: Leading a Learning Community: As discussed in Alberta Education’s document on the Principal Quality Standard, a principal that leads a learning community “nurtures and sustains a school culture that values and supports learning.”
- Improve our skills in collecting, analyzing and using data
- Assist the staff in the job of being teacher researchers
- PLC time is allotted on our monthly PD Days
- PLC groups meet at other times including our weekly Meetings (At this point they are weekly)
- Train staff in the necessity of data collection to drive the decision making process.
- Use Data to guide PLC decisions and to encourage teams to take risks
- Allot time for teachers to observe in other classrooms. Encourage teachers to take these opportunities
- PLC Feedback forms – are they thoughtfully completed?
- Have teachers taken risks? This will be evidenced by feedback on PLC forms and in PGP discussions. Are PLC goals related directly to Student Achievement?
- Have I met with PLC teams to discuss learnings and risks that have taken place?
- Are teachers becoming data gatherers? Are teachers viewing themselves as researchers?
- School Based PD
- School Based PLCs
- Classroom Visits
- ERLC PD