Monday, June 30, 2014
After 1180 posts and 139,312 total page views I am putting my blog on hold. At some point I will probably start again as I'm already feeling the tension when I read my RSS feeds. One goal I didn't make was to reach 100 members falling short by eight. That tension adds to the possibility of starting again in the future. So, keep me in your feed and watch for a return, probably about legislative time when there will be much to think about.
One last thing is to share my tattoo. I've had this for a number of years thanks to a birthday present from my son. It captures how I see myself and what I will always be, Papa Bear! I am proud to wear it and look forward to having an opportunity next year to support the journey in a small way. Thanks to Rob and the Board for believing that I still have something to add.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Yesterday I attended a PBIS conference with a district team and then an E3 Summer evening where I joined others in being recognized for our work on sustainability. In my case it was supporting people like Nancy and teachers in developing our curriculum, Connie Jo and others who pioneered the building efforts, and Lori, Kevin, and Dawn who got us on the map locally, in the state, and in the nation. We learned that at the district level we actually outscored the district winner for the Green School award, but could not be recognized because we don't have a high enough free and reduced lunch count. Looks like next year will be the year.
Finally today was one of more tearful good byes, ceremonial disposal of my office chair, and a final gathering at Lori's house for more thanks and good byes.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Though this final week has three evening meetings, I will be winding down with probably fewer posts as I approach the 30th. I have decided to mothball Seeking Shared Learning with the possibility to once again post in the future. I'm going to now spend some time learning about LinkedIn and look for some work to fill some of my days. Know anyone looking for a leadership journey?
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
It continued on Monday at an open house where many came to share their appreciation and engage with others that have shared our experiences. It was a rewarding evening for me as I was showered with thanks and gifts that included an unbelievable trip to Washington DC with tickets to Monday Night Football where the Hawks take on the Redskins. I was also blessed to have previous board members and mentors from my past attend to congratulate me and share stories.
This was followed on Tuesday with a gift from the Board and then today at the Chamber of Commerce meeting. I think with school ending today and only one more evening meeting before the 30th these events are behind me. I can now begin fading into the background as the days count down.
In reflecting, I must admit that each of these events will be memorable for me and I give thanks to the many that attended and to those that planned the events. Each was at the same time a humbling and rewarding experience. I think I did OK and know that more pictures were taken of me this week than in the previous 44 years here. So much to be thankful for and so many to thank.
Monday, June 16, 2014
The reason for the request as identified in the letter to be mailed later this week is below. I was notified because of the requirement to notify public school districts of the request and to provide for a comment period prior to submitting the official request.
Thanks to Superintendent Dorn and staff for this waiver request. Though it doesn't remove the onerous requirements of NCLB, if successful, it puts off for a year the need to mail a letter that does not accurately describe the current reality of our schools. If the federal department does not grant this request, I can only assume that they want to once again punish us for not conforming to their one size fits all reform model.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday ordered lawmakers to explain why they haven’t followed its orders to fix the way Washington pays for public education.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
So many things went through my mind as I experienced graduation this evening from the stage for the last time. Above all the feelings was one of gratitude and pride. Gratitude that I had the opportunity to have a small influence on these young people's experience in our schools and pride in their accomplishments individually and collectively. I thank them and their families for this achievement in their lives and wish them success in their new learning and career experiences.