March 4, 2019

We are beyond excited to open registration for the 2019 Summer Institutes. Registration is now LIVE!

Please keep in mind that we have different venues in 2019 as the Crowne will be renovating their ballrooms.  We will return there in 2020 and 2021, but in 2019 we will be meeting in the following locations:

Leadership Institute – June 2019, Kensington Hotel, State Street, Ann Arbor

Blueprint Institute V – August 2019, Kellogg, Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing

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The complete list of session titles, descriptions, and the schedule has been added to the summer institute pages.  Keep in mind that these are drafts and are subject to change as we move closer to the summer. We will be using an amazing APP for all summer institute information and this will be ready soon and rolled out to you.  It will be a great way to do all your planning prior to arriving in Ann Arbor or East Lansing. 

Register early.  Due to changes in venue our capacity is just a bit smaller than at the Crowne.  Ensure your team has seats by registering as soon as possible.

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

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 images 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!!

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. 

Most Blueprint installing districts begin fully utilizing the Performance Management Driver System’s suite of tools in the Lobby level of installation.  While many consider this Blueprint component to be among the most important, it can also be one of the most difficult to fully realize.  Often we get lost in the details, i.e., identifying data to collect, figuring out how to collect it, and recognizing what we already have in place and how we can put it all together visually so that we can best understand what these data points tell us.  That’s disruptive enough. Then we add the conversations that accompany this work. Conversations at the building level, conversations at the district level, strategic thinking both individually as leaders and collaboratively with colleagues at all levels of the organization. But let’s step back for a minute and just take a quick look at the big picture.

Building leaders have the enormous task of understanding current conditions in their building and thinking strategically to identify next steps that will help move the building forward on many levels.  Building leaders must understand the data collected and how the many data points collected provide a good overall assessment of where a building is at any given time relative to building performance goals. But beyond simply understanding current reality, building leaders use this driver system and its interconnectedness to all the other drivers, driver systems, district systems and building routines to strategically identify specific actions to impact current reality.  Thus, what we often think of as a performance management driver system event (the date of a conversation or meeting) really becomes something much more organic and much more routine because building leaders use the performance management driver system daily to continuously scan data, talk about the data, make data-driven decisions, and to bring about and sustain collective responsibility for strategic thinking and action from the entire building team.

District leaders have the responsibility to assist these building leaders in making this happen.  How are we as district leaders, rolling up our sleeves and partnering with our building leaders to make this happen? If performance management is not bringing about strategic thinking and action specifically focused on improving student, teacher, and leader performance, we aren’t doing it correctly.  What do we do as district leaders to assist our building leaders in approaching this driver system and building leadership in a fundamentally very different way. For all of us, this is an amazingly powerful disruption.

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

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This week in Automated Tools

We have new visualizations for State Assessments, an additional Non-Instructional view and improvements on Instructional and Arenas of Action in the BPT visuals.  M-Step and SAT proficiency percentages have been imported from publicly available data for 2016/17 and 2017/18. 

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Registration is now open

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