Posted by Heather Gorgas at 8/3/2016
Leadership & Learning: August 3, 2016
Welcome to our Leadership & Learning blog! We are happy you've found yourself on our homepage, and we want you to know more about our leadership and learning at River Birch. Each month we'll update our blog with a post about the hard work we accomplish during our one hour delay for professional development.
On the first Wednesday of the month we engage in professional learning as a community of learning leaders. Did you know the one-hour delay for professional development is the only time we are together as a K-4, related arts, and special education staff for longer than 30 minutes? We value our time together, and want you to know we sincerely appreciate the arrangements you make in order to help us with the time.
This morning we dedicated time and energy to communicating our vision and engaging in dialogue about our core values. We led a conversation and reflection on our core belief that to be a learning leader at River Birch means we are united and committed to providing the education every child needs along with the learning and life experiences they deserve. The learning experiences a child receives in our school are highly intentional and designed with a child in mind. We adhere to, meet, and often times exceed the minimum grade level requirements outlined by the Indiana Academic Standards. In addition, we work diligently to make sure school is a place where kids connect, engage, and enjoy the process of learning.
Another critical part of our foundation at River Birch is the 6 Standards of Effective Pedagogy. We’ve trained nearly half our teaching staff in the pedagogy while supporting all others through local learning in sessions like today. Our teachers are taking risks and modeling for students that life will not always be easy, but trying new things – even if we fail - makes life a little more exciting! You’ll hear more about our journey with the pedagogy as we isolate and focus on individual standards during our future professional development days.
We invite you to partner with us to make River Birch the very best learning institution in Indiana and beyond. We are so happy to have you as a part of our learning community, and we are determined in our relentless pursuit of helping every child connect and love coming to school!
Partners in your child’s education,
Mr. Kris Kingery, Principal (Twitter: @RBPRincipal)
Mrs. Heather Gorgas, Assistant Principal (Twitter: @Educate_HMG)
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