February 26, 2019

Welcome to the end of February!  Did we think we would ever get here?  Let’s think March, sunshine, spring, and the end of snow days.

Here’s a great example of how one district is using the Dialogue Series to strengthen their work.  Thank you, LeeAnn Moore, SWFT, for sharing this example.

Recently, a district in the Lobby Level of installation had the opportunity to enter data into their BPTs for the first time and to talk about the data at their District Network meeting. This experience, and the fact that Building Networks are not yet firmly in place, led to several questions. During a Building Blueprint Leader session, the group of building leaders watched Episode 3 of the Blueprint Extra! in which Grant talks in detail about the building principal’s role in Performance Management. This resource helped to answer many of the questions the leaders had at their DAN meeting, as well as to clarify the way District Networks and Building Networks function together in the Performance Management Driver System.

Don’t forget!  Summer Institute registration opens in one week on Monday, March 4.  Get ready and think about who you need to attend these exciting events.  We will reach capacity quickly.

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 

Moderated by Alecia Hoppa and Sarah Scott

  • 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 
  • Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. with Moderator Grant Chandler 

Click on the image on the left to go to the Real Time Installation Support page.

The Blueprint Dialogue Series has a permanent home. You can find out more about blogs, vlogs and podcasts and connect directly to them from this page. You will find the image on the left on the Blueprint Tools and Resources Home page.

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!! New Episode Available TODAY!!

Blueprint Extra! is a bi-weekly video companion that will focus even more tightly on issues and thinking presented in the blogs and the symposium.  Following each episode, we’ll invite you to a twitter chat session scheduled for that week to continue the discussion in real-time. Click on the image on the left to go the BP Extra! channel on Vimeo. 

Recently, I had an amazing conversation with a board president of a Blueprint installing district.  She had recently attended a District Network meeting where the first floor of the Leadership Network was being discussed.  Together, we explored the research behind the learning-focused partnerships and the incredible power of what happens in a district when central office leaders roll up their sleeves and work ALONGSIDE building leaders.  These partnerships go beyond walkthroughs to create a structure of regular, intense, frequent interactions where central office leaders teach, coach, support, and collaborate with building leaders to realize significant impact on student, teacher, and leader performance.  Central office leaders who have successfully created these high-impact partnerships understand the power of what can happen when they support their building leaders in this intense manner. What kind of leadership skills are needed to leverage district systems, understand student need and connect those needs to those systems, install building-structures that support coaching, collaboration, collective responsibility, and skillful data-driven problem-solving? There is an element of disruption here when we charge building leaders to realize the district’s vision for success for EACH child.

Building leaders have an incredible responsibility in systemic reconfiguration.  It is incumbent upon us as central office leaders to do whatever is needed to support them and it is critical for our building leaders to identify the supports needed to increase adult capacity to meet student need.

Take a listen to today’s episode of Blueprint Symposium where we’ll explore the many facets of leadership needed to realize success.

Let’s save children’s lives today. THEY ARE COUNTING ON US.

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This week in Automated Tools

Today we rolled out a Pastoral Care visualization to go with the entry form we released last week. Instructions and short videos are posted on the support section on the District Data Warehouse page.

To enter Pastoral Care you must select Pastoral Care from the Data Entry section of the District Data Warehouse.

Coming next week, new visualizations from state assessments and a few improvements to the BPT visuals.

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.  Concepts for the institutes are now available, March 4 registration officially opens.  Click on images below for additional details.


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