Goal Achieved! 1st Year Principalship, SLLA exam practice Paid Off

My last post, I spoke of 2012-13 school year being my leap year. This year 2013-14 I made the transition from Assistant Principal to Principal. With alot of hard work, prayer and staying abreast of current trends in school and instructional leadership has finally paid off. Read more here. Roxboro is in Person county,a small district about 30 miles from Durham,NC. It was a 3 year quest that was full of hard challenges,happy celebrations, difficult conversations and courageous decision-making. My last year as an assistant Principal was focused on high-level teaching & learning for students and teachers. Professional development and honest feedback helped solidified my my vision of school leadership. I also had some Principal preparation training that was very beneficial. Slla practice exam also helped. If you are just starting your journey to school leadership, I got good news for you. I’m gonna tell you how I did it in the hopes that you can get some take aways and make the leap yourself>
It’s a different view from the Principal’s desk! Stay tuned.
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Goal Achieved 80+ % Proficiency!

Our 4th qtr end of grading testing results indicate 80+ % of our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are proficient. That may not be a big deal to some school leaders, but it is to us. We are a urban magnet school with 80+ percent of our student receiving free or reduced lunch. What we just accomplished kills the notion that poor students cannot learn. What it took was innovative teaching & learning combined with focused leadership, dedication and high expectations for all. Now we begin a new quest, The Common Core. I am excited as this will include more rigor and relevance. We will also implement a heavy dose of tech integration, to promote and demonstrate those higher order thinking skills. Sorry for the delay in post, but I will try to update more frequently. A lot going on, you know I’m sure. Feel free to leave a comment!

Still Winning!

Leadership Excellence Award to R.N. Harris administrative team that achieved the highest percentage of Scorecard Growth Goals for 2010-11. The school received a check from the Business Advisory Council for $2,500 for leadership development.
Pictured:R.N Harris Elementary Integrated Arts and Core Knowledge Magnet Elementary School, with Principal Carolyn Pugh and Assistant Principal Adriese Williams.
Harris surpassed all but one of their growth goals in reading and math, made High Growth on the ABCs and met 100% of their AYP goals. RN Harris’s overall percentage of goals met was 70.8 percent. Read more here

The Quest for High Student Achievement-85%

Starting my 2nd full year as an Assistant Principal @ R.N. Harris Core Knowledge-Integrated Art Magnet School in Durham,NC We just missed our goal of 80% proficiency (77.8). This year we are keeping the same theme as last, “pushing it to the limit” with a new goal of 85% + high growth (60+ %). Our staff moral is high as we celebrated our successes and planned for the new school year. All staff has participated in Professional Development over the summer and are ready to implement new engaging strategies to help our children learn. I personally took part in several leadership PD‘s to improve student achievement. Here are two reports that link effective school leadership with high student achievement.
Leadership links to improved student learning and Strong Leaders,Strong Schools

Preliminary Results….

We received our preliminary results last week , and we are right at 77.8 % proficiency. Our goal was 80 % , and we are hopeful for a few more percentage points. Out of 28 elementary schools we rank 3rd highest in proficiency. We also made High Growth ( 60% of students making a year’s growth). Quite an accomplishment for two rookie admins, as this was Ms. Pugh’s first year as principal, and my first year as assistant principal. Also to mention we are 85% Free & reduced lunch, and a Title I school. Who said economically-disadvantaged students can’t perform academically. I know these standardized exams don’t mean that students have learned anything, but this is the measure we are being held to. Until they change the rules of the game, we are playing this game to win! Next up figuring out what worked well this year , and planning for next school year.

New iPhone App for Future School Admins!

Developed my 1st app for helping future school leaders successfully prepare for the ETS SLLA exam, School Leaders Licensure Assessment. Promo codes to the first 10 who retweet this
A quiz App to help future school administrators prepare for the ETS School Leaders Licensure Assessment, SLLA. The 5-50 multiple-choice questions simulates the ISSLC (Interstate School Leaders License Consortium) standards for School leadership. Includes opportunities to connect with current school leaders, RSS feeds ,videos and allows questions to be submitted on school leadership. Quiz is accurately scored and results can be emailed. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/slla-exam-prep/id435382932?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4#