L'Anse Creuse Middle School-East ~ Chesterfield, Michigan
- Vision, Mission and Culture
Worked with staff to develop common beliefs about education . Clear, steady focus on outstanding instruction. Clear focus on all students meeting their potential. Involved students in support of academic mission of the school. Effectively communicated with parents through Parent Advisory Board, newsletters, informal conversations and parent groups. Developed faith community support for school and students. Effectively communicated in writing and speaking to our greater community
- Leadership Style
Committed to relationships of trust and respect. Committed to ethical leadership. Committed to being a voice for children who have none. Committed to clear communication. Constant focus on what is best for kids
- Instructional Leadership
Recruited excellent teachers from throughout the U.S. for the district, focusing on minority candidates and candidates who are rich experience in diverse settings. Planned and implemented staff development program to support School Improvement Plan. Developed teacher-led professional development model to infuse Classroom Instruction That Works (CITW) into classrooms. Developed small learning groups of staff members focused around continuous improvement with an emphasis on higher order thinking skills and literacy. Facilitated faculty book study groups around current educational topics
- Organizational Management
Developed dynamic, Building Leadership decision-making team to focus on improving instruction at every level. Re-aligned financial resources to provide support for teachers to improve instruction. Developed resources for new students and parents from a variety of economic, social, ethnic, and racial backgrounds to acquaint them with the school and the various systems within.
- Advocate for Public Policy
Collaborated with local state and federal legislators for better understanding of the unique needs of students and how these needs can be better met through effective legislation.
- Community Leader
Worked with local TV and print media to promote schools and community understanding of educational issues. Developed productive business partnerships. Developed faith partnership group with ecumenical clergy in school boundary area
- Change Agent
Actively supported continuous improvement for school, programs, and individuals. Committed to using proven practices and data to drive decisions and productive change. Committed to looking at the big picture when changes are needed and implementing the necessary supports strategically and systemically. Provided regular opportunities for teachers to keep current on educational issues through books and journal articles.