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Summer 2018

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or behavior referrals due to an increase in classroom engagement? All assessment tools that we use are impressive to a degree. This is no different for assessment tools that evaluate programs. Are there multiple ways to assess to mitigate these errors? Celebrate and tell your story During this process, consider how you will tell your story. Any transition can be difficult and it is important to let staff celebrate their successes. It is important for the school's leadership to become the cheerleader for their staff. Telling your stories has a cumulative effect. Success breeds success with the change to a positive, growth mindset. Having your story public also allows the opportunity for community partnerships. While print and traditional media has its importances, there are tools through social media to easily broadcast your accomplishments. You've worked hard to implement these new plans, don't be afraid to show off your school's good work! Mike Jones is a middle school science teacher for Metcalf, Illinois State University's Laboratory School. Michael received his B.S in Middle School Education and two M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Administration and Foundations from ISU. He is a trainer for http://thefeast. org/, a professional development seminar centered on technology and has presented at numerous state and national science and technology conferences. When he isn't teaching or organizing STEM events for students and teachers, Michael enjoys reading, board games, and lock-picking. He is the co-creator of several tech guides and his two children, Kat & Parker. From Zero to STEAM (cont.) Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 13 14 15 16 17 19 20 21 22 23 24 26 27 28 29 30 1 Oct 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 18 19 20 21 22 Save the Date! Dave Burgess - Teach like a Pirate November 7th, 2018 Bobak's Signature Events Woodridge MORE INFORMATION SUMMER 2018 | VOLUME 64 | NUMBER 2 | PAGE 50

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