My friends find it interesting that I am a 12-month employee.
What do administrators do in the summer? They ask.
Well, depending on the school and responsibilities, there are all kinds of things that school leaders do in the summer, such as...
- Inventory textbooks
- Hold registration
- Host professional learning days for teachers
- Work on students' schedules
- Get organized for the next school year
- Oversee summer cleaning of classrooms and buildings
- Attend professional development conferences
- Interview teachers to fill vacancies
When the students are gone and the hustle and bustle of the school day is no longer, it's a time for school leaders to slow down, reflect, plan, and LEARN.
I've set some goals for myself for this summer, and I'm sharing them here as part of my own accountability. (Ask me at the end of the summer if I met my goals!) I also share my goals here because if YOU are planning to learn about the same thing, or if you have expertise in an area and can help me learn, I would love to collaborate with you!
Another goal is for the next few weeks. I plan to create an app (using Yapp) for our school's PD schedule. A teacher or staff member will be able to download the app to their phone, and check dates and information about our sessions from their phone without having to log in or check a website. Cool, huh?! (Can't you just picture teachers at the pool or park, checking their phones for the next PD time and date?)
My summer learning plans include attending ISTE, CLAS, and AETC, as well as the Closing the Achievement Gap Conference, featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Stephen G. Peters. I love learning and being a part of conferences where the people who are in attendance are excited to be there, too. I'm also looking forward to spending some face-to-face time with my online PLN!
What about you? What's on your list of learning for the summer?