Fridays in Fairbanks with Dana Evans Transformative Principal 151


 

Dana Evans Twitter is the principal of Barnette Magnet School in Fairbanks, AK.

  • Students sign up for dance, tai kwon doe and other physical activities throughout the week.
  • Friday in Fairbanks activity. See a schedule here
  • extra prep time for teachers on Friday.
  • How to schedule things for Fairbanks.
  • Excursions cost about 20,000 a year.
  • Go with the flow is a very important characteristic to have for teachers and students.
  • Students with disabilities are thriving in this environment.
  • Could this work at a typical school?
  • How we could change the typical school to meet individual student needs?
  • Core is grade specific.
  • Start small with afternoon science and a couple
  • How to be a transformative principal? Think of the possibilities.

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Dana Evans Twitter is the principal of Barnette Magnet School in Fairbanks, AK.

  • 3 hours of uninterrupted core math and ELA.
  • explorations in the afternoon.
  • Science, social studies, math, spanish, technology fine arts, extended learning program, etc.
  • Explorations Class Catalog
  • Explorations classes are 9 weeks for three each. Some are year long, some are semester long.
  • Student choice enhances student engagement.
  • Relationships deepen because of looping.
  • Afternoon can be something that students really engage in because they choose it.
  • Magnet school using the same
  • Magnet is the explorations that bring students and families to the school.
  • Lottery system to determine who goes to Barnette.
  • Envision Math and GoMath.
  • Explorations are multi-age in bands.
  • Science and social studies checklists to make sure they get what they need.
  • 416 students, 20 part time students. Have an additional secretary who does all the scheduling.
  • How to deal with endorsements for teachers teaching explorations.
  • How to deal with contractural obligations like prep time.
  • How are class sizes affected by this schedule?
  • Students each lunch in their rooms.
  • Each teacher has 2 explorations to teach in the afternoon.
  • Class sizes are 20–25 for core classes. Class sizes are a little smaller in explorations

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James Sturtevant (Twitter @jamessturtevant Website) is an obscure social studies teacher from Central Ohio who is in his 32nd year.

  • Storytelling, A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink.

  • Empower the kids to find the stories.

  • Fireplace app Chromebooks iOS.

  • Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds.

  • Delivering content in a flipped manner.

  • The benefits of flipping your classroom.

  • How to be a transformative leader? Check your ego.

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Jimmy Casas Twitter is in his 22nd year of administrative leadership.  He received his BA in Spanish and Master’s in Teaching from the University of Iowa and his Master’s in Administrative Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.  Jimmy is currently working on his ED.S and serves as an adjunct professor for Drake University, teaching a graduate course on Educational Leadership.  Jimmy has served as principal at Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, Iowa for the last 14 years.   Jimmy’s core purpose lies in serving others. He was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for NASSP 2013 National Secondary Principal of the Year.  In 2014, Jimmy was invited to the White House to speak on the Future Ready Schools pledge.  In 2015, he was named the Bammy National Principal of the Year.  Jimmy is the Co-Founder of EdCampIowa and also the Co-Founder of #IAedchat, a popular online chat that takes place every Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m. CST.  Finally, Jimmy is the co-author of a book with Todd Whitaker and Jeff Zoul entitled, “What Connected Educators Do Differently.”

  • What Great Educators Do Differently conference
  • Leadership is lonely, but doesn’t have to be as lonely.
  • Why it is meaningful to bring experts in to help us learn.
  • How to create a network of excellence.
  • How to create a mindset of excellence.
  • How vulnerability impacts school leaders.
  • People who take their jobs seriously want good things to happen for others.
  • Surround yourself with excellence.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • How pride can be a benefit and a detriment
  • How to define a problem clearly.
  • When you surround yourself with a team, others will be there to protect and support you.
  • Why it is important to make those who lead you look good.
  • People who do good things, good things come back to them.
  • Never blame someone above you for a decision made.
  • Take on the hard issues privately.
  • Your personal excellence starts over today. Your personal excellence starts over today with Jimmy Casas Transformative Principal special
  • How to be a transformative principal? Spend time with kids, relationships matter, know peoples’ story.

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James Sturtevant (Twitter @jamessturtevant Website) is an obscure social studies teacher from Central Ohio who is in his 32nd year.

  • Hacking Engagement Book and Podcast

  • Need to make engagement a priority.

  • It doesn’t matter how important or cool your topic is if the kids aren’t engaged.

  • A lot of people confuse engagement with compliance.

  • Grab your students by the virtual lapels

  • Tackle problem of engagement on three fronts: technology, teacher strategies, and relationships.

  • Talking for more than 10 minutes is not going to work!

 

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Michael Fenton is the Lead Instructional Designer at Desmos. Check out learn.desmos.com.

  • Bundles vs. one-off activities.

  • Progression of units for teacher use.

  • View of assessments.

  • Using Desmos for testing

  • Interview with Carl Hooker

  • Challenges with using Desmos.

  • Nature of assessments and challenging the status quo.

  • How can teachers get started right now?

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Michael Fenton is the Lead Instructional Designer at Desmos. Check out learn.desmos.com.

  • Activity Builder

  • How Michael got connected with Desmos.

  • How Desmos is different from a typical math site.

  • Arguments are more fun when there are people in the room.

  • Desmos Guide to Building Great (Digital) Math Activities (Dan Meyer’s Blog)

  • It’s about generating interesting discussions in class.

  • How long should activities in class be?

  • What makes a good activity? Desmos Blog.

  • WOSS (What Other Students Said), Pausing, & Anonymizing names to allow kids to focus on

  • How to get the conversation out of the machine and into the room.

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