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6 Quick Leadership Takeaways From A Flight Through The Fog | Connected Principals

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6 Quick Leadership Takeaways From A Flight Through The Fog

Two weeks ago I attended the NASSP Ignite Conference in Dallas, Texas.
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On my flight home, the pilot informed us that we would encounter heavy fog at the Tulsa airport. As we began descending, we were shrouded in it. I kept looking out the windows, and all I could see was the faint blinking lights on the plane’s wing.
Then for just an instant, I caught sight of land, and with a thud, the plane’s wheels hit ground. A lady in front of me screamed. As the plane jostled to a safe landing, there was collective sigh of relief, and we safely taxied to our gate.
That moment had me thinking about how pilots manage such landings. As I thought about it, I also began to ask myself how school leaders help our students and teachers as we travel through the rough patches of a school year.
So here are six take-aways for school leaders from my flight through the fog:
1. Remember your flight plan.
When you lead any group of people on a journey, you need to remember what is the ultimate destination of your journey together. Remind yourself of the goals you set at the start of school and refocus your energy that direction.
2. Know your instruments.
When you start to lose sight of your most important outcomes, hold onto the routines, procedures, accountability measures, and policies that guide your school practices. Being consistent with written policies, for instance, is what 

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Funding Results: Public Charter Schools Grant Program Planning and Implementation Grant (CA Dept of Education)

Funding Results: Public Charter Schools Grant Program Planning and Implementation Grant (CA Dept of Education):



Funding Results

Public Charter Schools Grant Program Planning and Implementation Grant









Note: Recipients and funding amounts are subject to budget and administrative adjustments.
Public Charter Schools Grant awardees for fiscal year 2013-14.
Program Questions: PCSGP Team, Charter School Division, e-mail: PCSGP-APPS@cde.ca.gov, tel. 916-322-6029
Fiscal Questions: Pete Callas, e-mail: pcallas@cde.ca.gov, tel. 916-319-0493




Public Charter Schools Grant Program - Regional Assignments | PDF
A listing of the Education Programs Consultant assigned to a specific region.
County NameLocal Educational AgencySchoolAmountApproved
AlamedaHayward UnifiedSilver Oak High Public Montessori Charter$375,000.00
9/16/13
AlamedaOakland Unified School DistrictEast Bay Innovation Academy$575,000.0010/23/13
ButteOroville City Elementary School DistrictSTREAM Charter School$575,000.009/16/13
InyoInyo County Office of EducationCollege Bridge Academy$575,000.00
9/16/13
InyoInyo County Office of EducationThe Education Corps$575,000.00
9/16/13
KernMaricopa UnifiedPeak to Peak Mountain Charter$575,000.009/16/13
Los Angeles
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified
Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences – San Fernando Valley$575,000.009/16/13
Los AngelesActon-Agua Dulce UnifiedAlbert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences - Santa Clarita, K-6$575,000.00
9/16/13
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedAnimo Charter Middle No. 1$575,000.00
9/16/13
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedCamino Nuevo High No. 2$575,000.00
9/16/13
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedClemente Charter School$575,000.0012/10/13
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedExecutive Preparatory Academy of Finance$575,000.009/16/13
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedFenton Academy for Social and Emotional Learning (FASEL)$575,000.009/16/13
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedFenton STEM Academy: Elementary Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math$575,000.009/16/13
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedLashon Academy$575,000.009/16/13
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedPUC Inspire Charter Academy$575,000.0011/12/13
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedNew Horizons Charter Academy$375,000.00
9/16/13
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedPrepa Tec - Los Angeles$575,000.00
9/16/13
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedSummit Preparatory Charter School$575,000.009/16/13
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedUrban Village Middle$575,000.00
9/16/13
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedValor Academy Charter High$575,000.00
9/16/13
MontereyMonterey County Office of EducationMillennium Charter High School$375,000.009/16/13
PlacerNewcastle Elementary
Rocklin Academy Gateway
$375,000.009/16/13
PlacerNewcastle ElementarySquaw Valley Preparatory$375,000.00
9/16/13
PlacerNew Jerusalem School DistrictRenew Virtual Academy K12 #1$375,000.009/16/13
San BernardinoAdelanto ElementaryDesert Trails Preparatory$575,000.00
9/16/13
San BernardinoSan Bernardino City UnifiedTaft T. Newman Leadership Academy$575,000.00
9/16/13
San DiegoCoronado UnifiedCoronado Pathways Charter$250,000.00
9/16/13
San DiegoSan Diego UnifiedLaurel Preparatory Academy$375,000.009/16/13
San DiegoSweetwater UnionStephen W. Hawking II Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math Charter School$575,000.009/16/13
Santa BarbaraBlochman UnionVisions Charter Academy$375,000.009/16/13
Santa ClaraSanta Clara County Office of EducationAlpha Middle School 2$575,000.0010/2/13
TuolumneTuolumne County Office of EducationFoothill Leadership Academy$375,000.009/18/13
Public Charter School Grant Results
Information related to current and historic funding results.

2-20-14 THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG - Play: Is it Becoming Extinct?

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Play: Is it Becoming Extinct?

Think back for a moment to when you were a young child. What games did you play? What things did you play at school? Do you remember your parents telling you to "go play?" I remember riding my bicycle, roller skating, getting together with the neighbor kids to play hide-and-seek, and Barbie's of course were my favorite! Today if a parent were to say "go play," would children know how or what to play? Are we allowing children enough play time to develop appropriately? Is play really play anymore? This article discusses how physical, imaginative, and free-choice play is almost non-existent and how teachers can ensure play in their environments and in the child's home.

In an era of high-stakes testing and teacher accountability, play—the cornerstone of child development—is slowly becoming extinct. As more and more schools are doing away with physical education, recess, and curriculum that allows for children to engage in play activities, teachers find themselves relying on more teacher-directed instruction (Van Hoorn, Nourot, Scales, & Alward, 2011). Teacher-directed instruction includes activities and lessons planned by the teacher. The teacher guides the entire daily schedule and this type of instruction is the most structured teacher-centered form of planning (Kostelnik, Soderman, and Whiren, 2011). In schools and homes today, free-choice play, imaginative play, and physical play are almost gone in a child's daily schedule.
In my first teacher meeting my first year of teaching, my principal stood in front of the library and said there isno fun. We will no longer have thematic units; there should be no fun activities in the classroom that do not 

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Nite Cap 2-20-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2




James Baldwin said it best: 

"For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."


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