As a former administrator, I know being a principal or a superintendent is one of the loneliest jobs in your community. Those are 24/7 jobs where gratitude can be minimal, and the headaches continue on Saturdays and Sundays. Many think the fall is the busiest time for Oklahoma administrators, but to me, it’s the spring: enrollments, interventions, state mandated testing and the personnel issues of putting together a staff for next year with major budget deficits. But I also never take it for granted that both our administrators AND educators are on the job every day, doing what they can to ensure Oklahoma students have the best education. Your efforts as both leaders and educators do not go unnoticed.
Thank you: to those administrators & educators who may have just had their first ELL family move to their community, but still wanting the very best for these students, they drive sometimes hours round trip for a training to learn language strategies that will help their students.
Thank you: to all who are facing massive funding cuts but continue to find creative ways of saving money without hindering their students’ education.
Thank you: to all educators & administrators for helping to elevate the profession by encouraging your colleagues and staff to stay informed of current legislation, which could affect their classrooms.
You ARE ALL appreciated!
As our schools continue to grow their English language learner populations, it becomes increasingly important for schools to find tools and resources that can assist students in language acquisition and help them better interact with their teachers throughout the process.
I hope everyone’s December is off to a great start! I’m ready for Christmas, and I’m sure many of you are too, but the good news is we already received a great gift from Google: new Google Sites!
Call me old fashioned, but I like to receive mail. You know, the kind that comes in an envelope with a postage stamp that you retrieve from..wait for it...a mailbox.
My best friend, a 1st grade teacher in northern Virginia, was brainstorming on an end-of-year project to celebrate the reading both her students and parents have done this past year.