School Leadership Showcase-November 17, 2017
On November 17, DDOE’s Educator Supports team sponsored a School Leadership Showcase to highlight district work in school leader development and facilitate the sharing of best practices across the state. Representatives from twelve districts and the Department of Education came together to hear from four school districts about the strategies they have in place to identify, hire, and develop school leaders.
The district presentations were as follows. For more information on a topic of interest, please contact the speakers indicated.
* Power of Performance Monitoring-implementing an internal system to easily organize, monitor, and analyze key concepts of school and district turnaround-Shawn Larrimore, Superintendent of the Laurel School District.
* Leveraging Evaluations-using internal monitoring and calibration to increase the effectiveness of the DPAS II process: Brenda Wydner, Superintendent of the Lake Forest School District.
* Developing Instructional Leaders-enhancing systems, structures, and strategies that support deeper implementation of the CCSS: Cathy Petitgout, Assistant Superintendent of the Cape Henlopen School District.
* Selecting and Retaining Our Best-a model system for hiring and developing great leaders: Peter Leida and Jeffrey Menzer, Directors of the Colonial School District.
Assistant Principals complete AP Academy
Congratulations to Kimberly Corbidge and Amanda Archambault, Cape Henlopen, and Paul Iaboni, Brandywine School District for completing all three sessions of the 2017-18 AP Academy. Over 40 Assistant Principals attended this year's AP Academy in October, January, and May to learn about the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, the DPAS-II AP Rubric, and 10 Skills for Successful School Leaders (NASSP). Positive administrator feedback included comments such as "I thought more deeply and gained a better understanding of my role as a school leader," and "I appreciated the collaboration and networking to see what others have gone through and what works." Next year, the AP Academy will be re-branded as the School Leader Academy to also recognize school leaders that are new to the state.
RELAY National Principal's Academy Fellowship Competitive Subgrant Awards
We are pleased to announce that 4 state sub-grants have been awarded to Seaford School District and Colonial School District for the 2017-18 Relay National Principal's Academy Fellowship program. Recipients of the awards are Gary Zoll, Seaford Middle School Assistant Principal, Susan Harrison, Supervisor of Instruction, Seaford, Jeff Gibeault, Principal at Southern Elementary School, Colonial and Kishayla Payne-Miller, Student Advisor at New Castle Elementary School, Colonial. RELAY/NPAF is a one-year intensive School Leadership training that focuses on developing school leader skills in understanding and aligning assessments to the Common Core, building a culture for student success, and learning a feedback model for transforming and targeting teacher instruction. In the past four years, over 40 Delaware administrators have participated in the RELAY leadership training.