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Part 2 Building Positive School Climates: 18 Ideas From Principals

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In a previous post, I shared Building Positive School Climates: 20 Ideas from Principals on ways to better serve school communities.
Building-blocks
Last week I attended a gathering of innovative Oklahoma school leaders when we were asked for ideas on what’s working for our schools. So I jotted down 18 comments from principals to pass along for building positive school climates:

1. Freshman Keystone & High Five Fridays.
Alan Baker, Cleveland High School, said his school helps high schoolers start strong by offering a Freshman Keystone Class. They also designate the last day of the week as “High Five Fridays”–a time to highlight successes from the week–as another way to increase a positive school climate.

2. Use free ACT training, Celebration Walls, and #Mondays.
Renae Dozier, Grove High School Principal, shared how a local non-profit service is providing free tutoring for ACT Prep including PD for teachers. The non-profit uses donations from local businesses to fund the training. Also, her school decorates a celebration wall and announces kudos for students who commit to college, military, or technical training. Finally, they hashtag their school every Monday using #GroveMondays on Twitter to flood their community with the positives happening at Grove High School.

3. Use Shared Leadership, Promote Leadership and School Spirit.
John Chargois, Union High School uses shared leaderships models. With 3200 students, each grade is assigned an administrator/counselor team to follow them through each year of school. This way a large school becomes organized with small schools within the school. In addition, 180 of their students are attending a leadership retreat this weekend to increase student-leadership for the school. Finally, to keep students involved in the many activities they offer, their Sports Marketing group has a new App to track attendance at events and win points toward prizes; students are excited about attending events to login and earn points. Check it out at here.

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Building Positive School Culture: 20 Ideas From Principals

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School or work environments are like home environments–it doesn’t take long to figure out if you are in a happy, productive place or not.

Last week I was in Oklahoma City for a meeting with OASSP, the Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals, when we were each asked to share at least one idea on building positive environments from each of our schools.

It was so encouraging that I wanted to share them with you. Here are 20 ideas from 20 principals to inspire you to try something new in your school or organization (I apologize in advance for any misspellings or mishandled paraphrases):

1. Enjoy a Cheeseburger Day for teachers.
On National Cheeseburger Day, the school secretary called Sonic HQ and had 90 cheeseburgers and drinks donated for staff. They loved it! –Chris LeGrand, Guthrie High School

2. Start a book club.
Teachers meet at a local restaurant one night a week to discuss ideas/chapters from their book. At the first meeting, to discuss Teach Like a Pirate, the teachers all dressed up like pirates! –Alan Baker, Cleveland High School

3. Have fun together.
Playing team building games to improve school culture. “Two Truths and a Lie” bring out some hilarious and insightful information about one another. –Liz Burns, Central Middle School, Broken Arrow

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$50,000 In Student Loans? You Probably Don’t Think College Was Worth It

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Weighed Down By Loans
LA Johnson/NPR

“The value of my education is priceless, but the value of my education is also not $140,000 in debt.”

That was the statement of a Hunter College graduate with a master’s degree, as quoted in the documentary Ivory Tower. And a new national poll suggests that thousands of graduates, especially younger graduates, agree with her.

For the second year in a row, the Gallup Organization, along with Purdue University, surveyed about 30,000 graduates of four-year colleges in the U.S. The survey asked about how their college experience influenced their happiness in life and at work, years or decades later.

The researchers say their broader goal is to develop a measure of college performance that focuses on what matters most to students.

 

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WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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ABSOLUTE TO INTEGRATE WITH MICROSOFT SCCM AND SIEM
(www.absolute.com)

Absolute Software Corporation announced new security functionality that extends IT oversight to include the status of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) on each device as well as the integration of Absolute alerts with Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions. Microsoft SCCM enables organizations to manage the deployment and security of devices and applications. If SCCM is not properly working on an endpoint, IT can no longer manage the device. Leveraging Persistence technology by Absolute, IT can monitor devices on or off network and receive an alert if SCCM is corrupted or removed. This early notification allows administrators to take corrective action so the device can be promptly returned to management. The new SIEM connector allows customers to consolidate security data within their SIEM environment. If an Absolute security alert is triggered, the event details will flow into the customer’s chosen SIEM application where the incident can be examined in the context of the broader security landscape.

ADOBE CAPTIVATE PRIME
(www.adobe.com)

Adobe announced the introduction of Adobe Captivate Prime, a new self-service Learning Management System (LMS) that enables learning professionals to easily and efficiently setup, deliver, and track any form of learning. The cloud-based platform includes the new Fluidic Player, offering a unified playback experience for virtually any kind of content, so users can seamlessly play videos and access PDFs, PPTs, DOCX, SCORM, and AICC-compliant packages, all without having to download plugins. Fluidic Player also allows learners to bookmark or add explanatory notes at any point in their content, which they can quickly reference later. Furthermore, the Adobe Captivate Prime app downloads learning content onto a tablet, makes it available for offline access, and auto syncs when the learner is back online. learning experience for learners while maintaining control of the learning environment.

 

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