Wow, September is almost over? In my 10 years as a school leader-this year, this month by far has gone the fastest. A new position, new grade levels, new challenges and new opportunities have allowed me to really reflect on how I can use my PLN in a new way to help me sustain the … Continue reading Taking Steps to Become a Connected School Leader. #MESPAMN
An honor to speak with Dr. Bill Ziegler at the National Principal Conference during the summer of 2017. Continue reading Lead the Way with Dr. Bill Ziegler
I will admit it-I like shiny new things. I have always loved the Back to School time of year. Buying my new school agenda (thanks Amber Teamann for sharing Erin Condren with me this year), creating the school year calendar in my office and that sense of a fresh start is exciting for me. … Continue reading Be Careful of the Shiny New Tech Tools as You Start the School Year.
I have had a love/hate relationship with my phone. The beeps, the notifications and don’t forget the storage reminders! This week our #PrincipalsinAction voxer group had a conversation about our phones and it got me thinking…. Do I spend more time on my iPhone than I do with my friends and family? Over the past … Continue reading Breaking Up With Your Phone.
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 In, Out and Around the Box: Creative Ways to Partner with Families. #NPC17 Innovation Lab Session
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 How a Kindergarten Center is Amazing with Jessica Cabeen Transformative Principal 099
http://betterleadersbetterschools.com/jessica-cabeen/ Jessica Cabeen has been a Kindergarten Principal in Austin Minnesota for the past 5 years. Previous to this she was an assistant middle school principal and special education supervisor. Her teaching career included work in special education and as a music therapist. She facilitates the Minnesota P3 Principal Leadership series as well the Principal Academy through the … Continue reading Unconventional Leadership: Better Leaders Better Schools Podcast.
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 Coding, Computational Thinking and Kindergarten. #PackInTrain #RenLead
Last Friday I had the opportunity to spend the day with a mentor, and now friend, Jen Hegna. During our day she mentioned my ‘tech abilities’ which I shrugged off multiple times-but on that day it had me really thinking: “Why do I dismiss my abilities in technology so easily?”. Age really has NOTHING to do … Continue reading 3 Misconceptions of Being a “Tech Leader”