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Why should my school attend the Fall Symposium?

Posted by Becky Carlton on Nov 14, 2017 10:47:06 AM

Did you know that the Innovators in Education Fall Symposium and PLCs are eligible for funding through Title IIA? Join charter leadership, teachers, and management company representatives from across the state to reinvigorate the professionalism in education through networking with peers from across the state, gaining inspiration at the general session, and engaging in three innovative breakout sessions on Wednesday.

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Topics: Branding, Teaching and Learning, Leadership, Organizational Management, professional development

Teacher evaluation: preparing the team for a successful school year

Posted by Guest Author on Nov 7, 2017 3:45:12 PM

Evaluating teachers is one of the most important jobs as a school leader, but often it can feel scary, overwhelming and time-consuming for everyone involved. A couple of years into doing observations and evaluations, I began to see this process differently: to ensure a successful school year, I had to make sure my team was ready.  How better to do that than evaluations? 

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Topics: Teacher Evaluation, Leadership, Assessment, Accountability

3 Characteristics to Develop to Get the Job of Your Dreams!

Posted by Guest Author on Mar 10, 2017 7:00:00 AM

It is job-seeking season in education! In the weeks and months ahead, prospective teachers will tidy up their resumes, dust off their best business attire, and prepare to make an impression upon school leaders and/or human resource representatives. 

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Topics: Leadership, teachers, Human Resources

School Job Descriptions are Your First Impression

Posted by Guest Author on Mar 9, 2017 6:00:00 AM

The Michigan education sector is facing a huge crisis with a shortage of quality teachers. There are a few things that come in to play around this issue, but the importance of “first impressions” in your school’s job description is key in seeking quality candidates. You wouldn’t believe how much information is left out of school job description to promote the school’s culture, environment, and desire to bring another amazing educator into the family. Here are some tips on how to structure your job posting, use each position to market your school, and gain a pool of quality candidates that fits your needs.

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Topics: Leadership, Job Descriptions, Human Resources

What does it mean to empower teachers?

Posted by Sara Vanderbilt on Mar 7, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Over the last week, nominees for the have been submitting their applications for the Michigan Charter School Teacher of the Year award . I have had the opportunity to read through many of them and I have seen a common theme running through the applications – empowered teachers.

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Topics: Shared Leadership, Teaching and Learning, Leadership, teachers

Servant Leadership in Schools

Posted by Sara Vanderbilt on Feb 9, 2017 11:05:00 AM

In 1970, Robert K. Greenleaf, an AT&T executive, coined the phrase servant leadership. Since that time, many people have tried to define servant leadership. But what does it mean to be a servant leader and how can servant leadership impact a classroom and school?

A simple definition of servant leadership involves leading others from a mindset of placing the needs of the organization and the needs of people over the needs and desire of the leader. This is not easy. Many times ego gets in the way of true servant leadership. However, an organization that has a servant as a leader can have wide-reaching impact on the effectiveness of its employees. 

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Topics: Culture, Shared Leadership, Leadership

The Secret Ingredient to Student Success

Posted by Guest Author on Jan 27, 2017 10:50:07 AM


Schools are spending valuable resources, time, and money on trying to figure out that one thing; the secret sauce, the silver bullet. Teachers and leaders are working so hard, but are seeing mixed results.
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Topics: Vision, Leadership, School Data

Building on Ideas: School Competition & Innovation

Posted by Angi Beland on Jan 19, 2017 11:29:00 AM

An organization built around the idea of inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders, FIRST, offers students an amazing learning opportunity. But, it also offers a valuable lesson on the pathway to successful innovation far beyond science and technology.

The foundation of FIRST is a concept called Gracious Professionalism. It’s an ideal that suggests fierce competition and mutual gains are not separate notions. FIRST also teaches kids Coopertition®, defined as displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition. Coopertition means competing always, but assisting and enabling others when you can, leading to unprecedented innovation.

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Topics: Vision, Branding, Leadership

The Myth Behind Work-Life Balance

Posted by Sara Vanderbilt on Jan 3, 2017 10:44:43 AM

I hate to break it to you, but there is no such thing as work/life balance. There used to be, but not anymore. Just a few years ago, most of us could escape and remain disconnected from the office for hours at a time. But that’s not the case in today’s hectic, technology filled life.

Today, our personal and work lives are so intertwined you can’t separate the two. Smartphones, tablets, cloud access to data and social media have tied us to school when we are at the grocery store, in waiting rooms, and at the kitchen table. We are connected 24 hours a day! Managing life and work it is not a matter of balance; it’s a matter of efficiency of time.

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Topics: Culture, Leadership

Experiential Learning for School Leaders: A Trip to the Windy City

Posted by Angi Beland on Dec 15, 2016 2:54:56 PM

Over the last 6 years, MAPSA, Michigan’s charter school association has implemented a teacher incentive fund grant titled the Teacher Excellence & Academic Milestones for Students (TEAMS) project. In partnership with Innovators in Education, MAPSA has coordinated a number of experiential learning trips across the nation to for Detroit school leaders to visit some of the top performing and truly innovative charter schools that are beating the odds. The latest trip was to the windy city to tour some of the top schools in Chicago.

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Topics: Vision, Culture, Leadership

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