Rule #4 Over Communicate.

Having your first (or second, or third) child enter the K-12 system can be a milestone in so many ways for families...and for teachers and leaders.  Setting the tone with when and how you communicate goes a long way in establishing trust and building relationships with the stakeholders you will be serving in this important... Continue Reading →

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Rule #2 Set the stage: practice, practice, practice.

Having your whole school graduate every year is a big task.  When it is a child’s first year of school it is critical we get it right-every time.  Because of this #WoodsonK has routines upon routines for support staff and families with this big day that we practice multiple times.   Step One:  Kindergarten Registration.... Continue Reading →

What I Learned While Leading from the Sandbox.

   We can all learning something new each and everyday.  From tying our shoes or begining to read; to learning a new social emotional curriculum and working in a Professional Learning Community our learning is really never complete. Don't be afraid.  Learning meanings taking a risk, trying something new in the hopes of learning and... Continue Reading →

How a Kindergarten Center is Amazing with Jessica Cabeen Transformative Principal 099

http://www.transformativeprincipal.org/?s=Jessica+Cabeen   Overview:  Woodson has been an all-day everyday Kindergarten Center for the past 11 years.  In the past 4 years enrollment has fluctuated between 360–425 students (currently about 385 with our preschool class).  51% of our students are students of color, and we have a 61% free and reduced lunch student population.  We have... 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 →

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