February 11, 2019

Today, we had the incredible honor to spend the day with about 40 Blueprint installing superintendents from all over the state.  It is always an incredible day to have this much energy, enthusiasm, and commitment all in one room talking about the journey we collectively share to disrupt  the educational landscape and save the lives of Michigan’s children.

I hope those of you who have been out of school due to Mother Nature’s wrath will be able to open your doors, welcome your staff and students, and return to whatever seems normal for mid-way through February.   These past weeks have been incredibly challenging for district leaders, but think about how incredibly challenging these weeks have been for our most vulnerable families. Best wishes to all of you and to all of them as we come back together again.

In our continuing efforts to assist you in living and breathing systemic reconfiguration, we’re excited to share additional options for you to get REAL TIME support when you want to interact live with members of the SWFT. 

SWFT Live Chat – Twitter, Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.  #SWFT_LiveChat

Moderated by Grant Chandler, Chris Parker, and Kathy Mohney

Blueprint Now! Live Webinar Series – Tuesdays at noon and 7:00 p.m. beginning March 5

  • The Drivers and the Outer Ring – First Tuesday of the Month
  • The Driver Systems – Second Tuesday
  • The District Systems – Third Tuesday
  • The Building Routines – Fourth Tuesday

Real Time! Real Support!  Live Webinar Series – Talk about whatever you want

  • Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. with Moderator Angela Jack (starts February 20)
  • Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. with Moderator Grant Chandler (starts February 21)

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Blueprint Symposium, is a bi-weekly companion to Blueprint Installation Central.  Here we will dig deeper into issues and ideas we presented in the blog, but now in greater detail. Listen when it’s convenient and use these podcasts to build capacity and deepen understanding within your district.  Blueprint Symposium is now available on iTunes, Google Podcasts and Spotify!! 

A new episode of Blueprint Symposium is available TODAY!!

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I recently had the pleasure of spending some time with some Blueprint installing district leaders, ISD facilitators, and our own SWFT facilitators.  We were talking about immediate needs and recent successes in this complicated work.  

As we talked about some recent milestone meetings,  one of our ISD colleagues introduced the concept of the district being unrecognizable.  She was speaking about the fact that the district is almost unrecognizable in terms of what it looked like when she was first introduced to the district and when she first started working with the district five years ago to what it looks like now.  The Blueprint  has provided the systemic framework that this district uses to build adult capacity, change practice, and realize very different results for teachers, leaders, and students.  “It’s a very different district than it was. It’s virtually unrecognizable.” I loved this word “unrecognizable” and thought it was a great way to help us progress monitor to what degree we have disrupted the status quo.  

How do we measure the degree to which we are unrecognizable or even on the journey to becoming unrecognizable? That’s performance management and that’s the topic of today’s edition of Blueprint Symposium.  Check it out.  We’re now on iTunes.  Subscribe today and every new podcast will go directly to your phone.

So let’s take a minute and reflect.

To what degree is your district unrecognizable from what it was when you began this journey?  What do you need to make it even more unrecognizable that what it currently is?

Let’s save children’s lives today. They are counting on us.

The 2019 Summer Institute Concepts are ready for preview. Visit the Summer Institute – 2019 page on the Resource Center for more information.  Registration opens March 4!!

This week in Automated Tools

We are upgrading the High-Quality Instruction Visualizations. Ask your SWFT facilitator or contact the SWFT Tech Team for more information. Stay tuned for the release date.

Questions?  Need assistance? Contact: miexceladmin@calhounisd.org

Click on the images below to register for upcoming events. 

Save the Dates!!

We are well underway in planning our upcoming Summer Institutes.  If you haven’t noticed the Save the Dates information on our website, the institutes are scheduled for June 18-20 (Leadership) and Blueprint Institute V for August 6-8.  We’ll be sharing concepts and highlights for each of these institutes on February 4, with all the details available on March 4 when registration officially opens.  Click on images below for additional details.


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