NW Snapshot

Northwest, january 2018

FROM YOUR REGIONAL DIRECTOR

A New Opportunity to Connect!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas break and came back refreshed and invigorated. Time away is one of the best gifts we give ourselves, allowing us to realign ourselves spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Perhaps you were even able to set some growth goals for yourself for 2018. We can debate the pros and cons of New Year's Resolutions, but I don't think many of us would argue about the need for continuous improvement. It is a well-embraced concept, especially in the world of education!

As I grow into my role as NW regional director, I have continued to think about how to effectively impact the continuous growth of our region's school leaders. I have looked at other models across the U.S., read articles, and drawn on past practices while considering how to implement new strategies in our region. I believe the following statements to be true:

  1. Technology is our friend when it comes to affordable, low cost, accessible gatherings
  2. Other leaders are a powerful source of knowledge and experience
  3. There are common topics of interest and importance to all of us
  4. Ongoing professional development in peer settings reflects best practices as revealed in research

In consideration of these basic principles, it seemed like a good place to start would be to convene us monthly for some web-based discussions on topics of mutual interest. I'm calling this gathering LINK—Leading Is Networking Knowledge—and hope this tool will become a meaningful and valuable resource to leaders in our region.

To that end, I would like to invite you to join a LINK Zoom call on Thursday, February 20, from 9:00 to 10:15 to discuss accessing Title monies through your LEA (Local Education Agency). With the changes just implemented under the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), it is timely to consider how to access available funds to meet the needs of your students and teachers.

I have asked Donna Wiens, current principal at Sonshine Christian School in Salem, Oregon, with over 30 years in education and a decade of working with Title services and funds, to be our guest speaker. She will be sharing an overview on how to access Title services and monies for your students and for professional development. While her experience is in Oregon, the information she will share should be broadly applicable across our region. If you are a veteran and want to contribute to the discussion or a rookie who's never accessed title monies, please consider joining this Zoom leadership call, and feel free to invite other members of your leadership team that might be helpful to you.

Please RSVP to acsinw@acsi.org and we will send you an email invitation that will contain a link for you to access the Zoom call. You will need to download Zoom (a free app) onto your computer or other device. The more voices at the table, the richer the conversation, so please join us if you can!

LINKing together for the future of our schools,

Debi (for the Northwest Team)