Monday Message
April 8, 2019
Good afternoon,

Thoughts for the Day:
“I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.” Oprah Winfrey
“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” Og Mandino

Professional Learning Communities
We have four destinations that are driving our work:  1) student performance, 2) excellent instruction, 3) engagement, and 4) graduating with future plans.  I will share a quarterly update with the school board this week that will highlight some of the things that we are doing to move us forward.  Most notably during the past quarter is the work that our teachers are doing in professional learning communities to complete short cycles of learning and following through with “plan, do, study, act”.   By any other name, PLCs are simply professional collaboration that improves our teaching and learning.  Thank you for your work to improve your craft and continuously improve the opportunities for our students.

Closely related to PLCs is the importance of teacher engagement.  These strategies go hand in hand, since how our teachers feel about their contribution to their daily work impacts student learning and their own feeling of self-efficacy.   We asked our educators to tell us about their work on the engagement survey.  One of the categories on the survey was a category, “Teacher Collective Efficacy”—“the collective belief of teachers in their ability to positively affect students” (John Hattie).   The overall score for the category is 70% which is a good score, but I am confident that ACSD#1 can improve this score by providing resources, involving educators in the decision making process, and providing the professional development that meets the needs of our employees. 

Wisdom Awards
Speaking of great work and celebrating our success.  The annual Wisdom Awards will be Friday, May 31, 2019.  Due to the snow day, we will have to do an afternoon celebration, but we are confident the event will be exciting and celebratory.  We will celebrate our employees’ years of service and other career milestones.  We will start accepting nominations for Wisdom Awards in the next couple of weeks.  Some of the categories for Wisdom Awards include professional learning, curriculum development, state or national presentation, community impact, or other special recognition.

Have a great week, with my 

Sincerest Gratitude,


Jubal C. Yennie, Superintendent
Albany County School District One

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