In, Out and Around the Box: Creative Ways to Partner with Families. #NPC17 Innovation Lab Session

This week I had the honor to share all the ways #WoodsonK creates partnerships with families.  Leading at a Kindergarten Campus means I only have 174 days to establish relationships with families and provide students with the foundation of success for their K-12 career before they leave our school for 1st grade. In 2016-17 we... Continue Reading →

Building Relationships and Setting the Stage Before K: Transitions.

Leaders at system, district and school levels need to influence the culture and processes that support learning and working together in purposeful ways at every level of the organization if they are to produce greater learning in students. Coherence.  Michael Fullen and Joanne Quinn This summer (kicking and screaming) I am a parent in transition.... Continue Reading →

Coding, Computational Thinking and Kindergarten. #PackInTrain #RenLead

So last year I started a Coding Club...with kindergarten students. Oh it get's better-I haven't been a 'teacher' in over a decade! The Woodson Coding Club started first on a personal passion-to find out more about my son's love of robotics. This passion grew into a mission to provide our youngest learners opportunity to create,... Continue Reading →

Play in the “New 1st Grade” #MNP3Principals

A recent article in the Star Tribune highlights the increasing demands on teachers, students and families during the first year of school.  Kindergarten is Becoming the New First Grade has been said many times during the past few years, however increased academic expectations  can be met with developmentally appropriate instructional strategies...play included.  The benefits of play... Continue Reading →

So How Was Your Day? Conversation Starters for Kindergartners.

Well Parents and Caregivers-you have successfully made it through the first few days of kindergarten.  Kids were up dressed, lunches packed, hugs and kisses and away we went. This week parents all over will be asking "How was your day?" when their children will get home. One instance I heard about included a mom who... Continue Reading →

Batteries May Be Required.  Tech Tools in the Early Learning Years.

We all share a responsibility to be sure children’s engagement with screen media supports early learning and the development of the whole child. NAEYC’s Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years  When you think of handing technology over to young children in this the picture that initially comes to mind?    Creating opportunities for teachers,... Continue Reading →

Connecting with PreK: Intentional Staff Development Opportunities #ECECHAT

With a nudge from this year's MN Pre3 Principal Leadership Series we have been looking at ways to more intentionally work with our preschool educators in our community.  On Wednesday, March 9th we will put this into action with our first preK/K collaborative staff development opportunity. Goal: Create a PreK-K Literacy Workshop   1.1  Engage your learning community in understanding... Continue Reading →

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