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Tonja Brading,  IMLEA PRESIDENT
Principal, Northaven Elementary School
Jeffersonville, Indiana

Merriam-Webster defines resolution as “the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc.: the act of resolving something.” As we are quickly finishing the first few months of 2014, are you able to hold strong and work successfully with all aspects of the resolution you made a few short weeks ago? If these resolutions were made at all, most have been put on a backburner.

 In my 24+ years in education, eighteen years were spent in middle school ELA classrooms, four years were working with curriculum and Title 1, and in the last two years I have had the privilege of serving as a building administrator.  Solutions to problems are what all educators handle deftly each and every day.

Did you resolve to respond more skillfully to any of the following topics or acronyms?

Below is but a sampling of focus points for IMLEA in 2014; reach out to our board members with needs and concerns we can help you resolve. Do you have a need that is not mentioned?

 

  • Common Core/Indiana State Standards (CCSS/INSS)
  • Assessment (ISTEP+, PARCC, Smarter Balance, Acuity, STAR, NWEA…)
  • Teacher Effectiveness Rubric (RISE or corporation hybrid evaluation system)
  • A-F Accountability Model- Reward, Focus or Priority Schools

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(IDOE graph)

  • Growth strategies 
    • Gradual Release, Balanced Math, Guided Practice/Independent Practice
  • Schools To Watch (STW)-a model for school improvement
  • Performance Based Learning (PBL)
  • Institutional connections
    • Horace Mann, Zaner-Bloser, Five Star Pivot Plan including Data Warehousing, RTi, Curriculum Mapping, Evaluation, GenerationOn…
  •  Engagement, Rigor, and Relevance-Helping each child to be an active learner
  • Behavior Management
  • Teacher licensing and certification
  • Honoring award winning teachers and students
  • Retirement

 

IMLEA (http://imlea.org) continues to “strive for the promotion, improvement, and support of middle level education.” Due to our work with our partners; the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, the Association of Middle Level Educators, GenerationOn, and IASP, we can be of service beyond the middle grades education whenever necessary.  Nel Noddings writes in the February 2014 Educational Leadership, “A school is not just a center for the production of learning. It is a place to which people become attached.” Let your state colleagues at IMLEA help you find resolutions that will lead to lasting attachments.

Tonja Brading:  tbrading@gcs.k12.in.us

  

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