New MAESP Executive Director Announcement

This is for my MO Principal friends that may not have received Jay's announcement this week:

The Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals is pleased to announce the selection of Michael Schooley, Ed.D., as the Association’s Executive Director effective October 1, 2013. Schooley will fill the vacancy created when long-time Executive Director Faye Peters announced in March that she would be retiring this year.  Peters will continue to serve as MAESP Executive Director until the transition date.
“We are very pleased that Dr. Schooley will guide the excellent work on behalf of elementary & middle school principals across this state,” said MAESP President Dr. J. Anderson. “His strong leadership experience and background as an elementary school principal give him the appropriate background to understand what is needed to successfully lead buildings, and his national experience will ensure that Missouri continues to be a front-runner state in supporting doing what's best for leading learning communities."
Prior to his appointment, Schooley served as the Deputy Executive Director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals based in Alexandria, Virginia.  He retired from the Columbia Public Schools in Columbia, MO in 2009 after 23 years there as an elementary school principal. He also worked for the St. Joseph School  District in St. Joseph Missouri as a teacher and principal.
Dr. Schooley has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the 2008 Outstanding Service Award by the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals and the 2004 Outstanding Administrator for the Columbia Public Schools. He served on MAESP's Board of Directors for many years and served as president from 2003-2004. Schooley also served on the National Association of Elementary School Principals' Board of Directors from 2005-2008.
He earned his B.S. from Missouri Western State College, his M.S. from Northwest Missouri State University, and his Ed.D. from the University of Missouri.
“I am excited to return to Missouri and serve a professional association that had such a tremendous impact on my career as a principal," said Schooley. “MAESP must continue to invest in building the capacity of school principals, play an active role in developing future leaders, and influence a common sense educational reform agenda in Missouri that effectively utilizes the leadership of the school principal.”

J AndersonMAESP President3550 Amazonas DriveJefferson City, MO  65109maesp@maesp.com573-638-2460573-556-6270 (fax)

The Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP) is the only statewide association in Missouri that exists for the purpose of serving the needs of elementary and middle school principals, assistant principals and those educators with an interest in becoming principals.

Back to Work To -Do List

My summer is over. Principals in my district get 6 weeks off in the summer if they do not work summer school. I have not chosen to work summer school in order to enjoy my family time. My jobs takes me away from my family physically and/or mentally so I try to guard this time in the summer.

But let me clarify......6 weeks "off" only means I do not have to report to my "school office" and supervise anything. Principals are never really "off". During my "off" weeks I still do work but it is much easier, uninterrupted, and on my time schedule.

Before I share my back to school to-do list I must share what I had planned to get done over my 6 week "vacation."

Summer To-Do's:
  • Clean up my Dropbox
  • Clean up and organize the files on my computer - I got a new Mac Mini at work in August so it's better to organize now before it gets too late.
  • Organize and relocate photos from my MacBook Air to a hard disk until I get them all uploaded to a "cloud" space I like. (Have tried Shutterfly and Flickr so far. Like them both.)
  • Move my office - This wasn't really on my list until another principal in my district moved his office. Our buildings are identical so it worked out perfectly.
  • Move my staff blog to Blogger within our Google Apps account.
  • Create a one-stop Google site for all our building documents etc.
Back to work To - Do's: (This list would have been a little shorter but I decided to spend time on some personal to do's. Clean/organize closet, my girls playroom, garage, and girls clothes.)
  • Update building schedule - The teachers are waiting for this but last year's needs a little tweaking.
  • Finalize class lists
  • Plan Chromebook training for 3rd and 4th grade teachers
  • Meet with preschool teachers
  • Finalize/approve t-shirt design for students
  • Order signs for the doors instead of having teachers make them every year......
  • Work on Flipped Faculty meeting for back-to-school meeting
  • Plan Leadership Team meeting
 And that's just the first week back! Any bets on whether or not I will get it all done????

NAESP 2013 Conference Underway

Yesterday opening ceremonies got underway for the 2013 NAESP Conference. This is the first year for a summer conference and that's pretty exciting for principals to get energized to start the school year off on the right foot with lots of new ideas! Unfortunately I am unable to attend this year but look forward to 2014 in Nashville, TN!

You can follow the conference on Twitter by following the hashtag #NAESP13. < -- Click here

Follow the official twitter account at @NAESP < -- Click here

They even have a super cool "Social Media Lounge." < -- Click here

Follow the "Principal's Office" blog.

Conference news can be found HERE < -- Click here

Enjoy the resources and hope to see you all next summer in Nasville!

My New Blog Planner

Do you organize yourself to be a better blogger? Well I am going to try. After a month of "researching" planners for everything, I created my own. I am not sure why I didn't think of this sooner, but better late than never.
I have digital planners in Evernote and in the Reminders app but this is way more fun:)

This going to be a work in progress and I am sure it is going to evolve when I create more planners. I'll be sure to share:)

The Planner:

The Supplies:

I had the planner bound at Staples. Staples also added the tab pages and laminated the cover page. The cover page was printed on card stock but the rest printed on plain paper. 

Inside Tabs:
Ideas: Pages to list ideas as they come to me. I also verbally record ideas using Siri
Weekly Planner: This is the place to elaborate on my ideas.
Videos/Widgets: There are two columns on this page. One for ideas for videos or screencasts and one for widgets to place on my blog.
Following: Now that Google Reader is gone and I have had so much trouble finding a replacement I am keeping a paper copy.
Expenses: How much money am I spending to keep this blog going. I am a clipart junkie!
Calendar: This is unmarked because I ran out of tape in my label maker.

My idea started here..... The Eager Teacher
Evolved here....iHeart Organizing
How to put it all together video.....Infarrantly Creative

#ISTE13 Take-away #2 - QR codes

#ISTE13 QR codes, a set on Flickr.
This will be the 3rd year we have been using QR codes at my school. I have modeled using them for PD, my teachers have been using them, and we use them for family nights. QR codes were all over the place at #ISTE13!!!!

*Disclaimer - QR codes are not the saving grace of education but just one more tool for your toolbox for student engagement.

I took lots of pictures of QR codes because it was faster to scan from a photo than to try to stand there and get the QR lined up just right to scan with my QR reader app. When I had time I could go through my pics and scan the codes.