The administration for Clinton City Schools encourages students to continue learning and expanding their minds over the summer. Those same administrators take heed to their own advice, continuing the learning process among themselves.
Each year, the principals, assistant principals, directors, supervisors and coordinators with the system participate in the Summer Leadership program to take time to prepare for the upcoming school year. This year’s retreat was held Aug. 3-4 at the Wellness Center conference room and the Central Office conference room.
“Leadership gets our district on the same page and gives direction for the 2016-2017 school year,” Faith Jackson, community liaison with CCS, said.
The summer program is a two day retreat that hosts learning sessions for the administrative staff, including the CCS board members and superintendent Dr. Stuart Blount.
According to Jackson, the purpose of the leadership program is to allow the staff to gain an understanding of where the district is based upon performance, determine why the system is performing at the level that is based upon evidence and to build a consensus on the next steps for the district to follow in the upcoming year.
“We went over current performance of each school and the district,” Jackson noted. “We viewed a video about the Growth Mindset, that was informative and intriguing. We were challenged by Dr. (Kelly) Batts to open our minds, change our fixed mindset and gain momentum to create positive changes that result in growth mindsets within Clinton City Schools.”
As part of the two-day retreat, participants worked in teams to develop chart walks, Paideia seminars and a building activity.
“The ‘Chart Walks’ allowed us as a team to put on paper what we thought our schools were doing and needed to keep doing, but also what is not as productive and we should quit doing,” Jackson said.
According to Jackson, the Paideia Seminar allowed the participants to sit together in a circle and discuss facts about the systems’ strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for students. The participants were allowed to collaborate and build as a team, using few supplies, a piece of playground equipment in the “Building Activity.”
“This was designed to be a fun, yet engaging activity,” Jackson said. “The participants were broken into teams and beyond building they also had to create a marketing plan and a funding source. The teams did not use all the resources provided and some teams sought out resources that were in the room but not provided for the specific activity. This is how we must be with our students, and schools because we are preparing the future, together. The unique attributes of the our school principals, assistant principals and board members really shined through.”
Participants discussed further strategies that the system can implement going forward into the next school year and began working to develop the district’s plans for the future.
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