A Collaborative Principal: In and Out of Program Improvement and a Recipe for Success

Rick Fitzpatrick, principal at Rother Elementary School in Enterprise Elementary School District shares how his school has exited program improvement. He provides specific strategies he uses to facilitate the change process including gathering teacher input on a variety of topics and allotting frequent staff collaboration time.   Rick also highlights his school’s continual analysis of data as well as celebrations that are held in the community.

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Going Paperless

Gabe Soumakian, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in Burbank Unified School District spoke with Professor of  Educational Leadership Stephen Kay for a second time regarding how Burbank USD is implementing their district’s 21st century vision by adding  several programs.  Gabe shares the various ways the district is transitioning to a paperless environment for documents, student and personnel records, and surveying.

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Check out their first interview together to hear Gabe share how technology has assisted him as an HR Director.

Creating Conversation Using a Principal’s Blog

Jim Scoolis, principal in San Luis Coastal Unified School District and TICAL cadre member has recently started a blog at his school to help create conversation regarding homework, school policies, and other school related topics.  Steve Kay, professor of educational leadership at San Jose State University speaks with Jim about his new medium of pushing his school through the 21st century. Jim shares the simple way he started and how he is trying to stimulate conversation amongst all stakeholders in his school.

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