Thursday, December 14, 2017

Power of example

Joe Biden was interviewed on NPR Wednesday, November 15, 2017 when I was listening to the radio on my way to meet with my Administrative Coach, Dan Smith.  Mr. Biden has previously said things similar to what I heard him say on this day -- but for some reason what he shared that day stuck with me. 

I have been thinking about the power of example I am creating/exhibiting to those I interact with on a daily basis, both in my personal and professional life.

As an administrator in a PK-12 school system, one of my responsibilities is to help facilitate our Teacher Leadership program.  As we were meeting with our #BCTLT last Friday, the topic of what is our "example of power" as a team came up during our book study conversation. 

#BCTLT had the pleasure of learning from Elena Aguilar in August 2015 and we have used her resources in our learning ever since.  

In Aguilar's book The Art of Coaching Teams, Chapter 3 focuses on creating a culture of trust.  When our teacher leadership team was discussing Chapters 3 & 4 of The Art of Coaching Teams, one of our IC's said she had used a resource from the book on checking with your teams temperature with a grade level team.  I thought to myself, this is an incredible "Power of our example".  

By following this process, she helped create a space where people shared their own thoughts and listened -- really listened to others!  When we take advantage of opportunities to build trust we help build powerful learning environments.  Having reflective conversations improves our ability to work together and collaborate which is connected to collective teacher efficacy and leadership.

Peter DeWitt will be sharing his learning and experience on Collective Leadership in April 2018 at the FFA Enrichment Center with Iowa ASCD.

In his book, Collaborative Leadership

he describes collective teacher efficacy this way:  

I hope one of the "power of our examples" at Benton Community is supporting collaborative leadership and collective teacher efficacy on a daily basis to impact our student learning experiences. 


Thursday, November 30, 2017

BC Learning Update Dec 2017

BC Learning Update linked here 

(Links within the update shown below are active in the link above 
and not within the pictures of the update within this blog).

BC Learning Update linked here (links within the update are active in the link and not within the pictures of the update within this blog).

Friday, September 22, 2017

Iowa Adult Education & Family Literacy Week

This info is being shared via the Iowa Department of Education sharing the importance of being literate as families w/in Iowa:


Iowa Department of Education
News Release

For Immediate Release
September 21, 2017
Staci Hupp
Gov. Reynolds proclaims Sept. 24-30 Iowa Adult Education and Family Literacy Week
Increasing the number of Iowans with credentials needed for in-demand jobs is key to Future Ready Iowa success
DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation recognizing Sept. 24-30 as Iowa Adult Education and Family Literacy Week.
The week, which coincides with the National Adult Education and Literacy Week, shines a light on the work Iowa’s adult education and literacy programs do in helping Iowans achieve the skills and training needed for college and careers.
According to the National Coalition for Literacy, more than 36 million adults struggle with basic literacy and 60 million lack basic math skills. Additionally, data from the Future Ready Iowa Metrics that Matter report indicate that Iowans who lack education or training beyond high school are more likely to be unemployed, working low-wage jobs, and living in poverty than those with higher levels of education. Currently, more than 171,000 adults across the state lack high school diplomas.
The state’s 15 regional adult education and literacy programs, which are overseen by the Iowa Department of Education, address these disparities by providing non-credit instruction in adult basic education, adult secondary education, English as a second language, and other training to help adult learners improve their education and skill levels to meet employer demands and secure living-wage jobs. These opportunities are also integral to the Future Ready Iowa initiative, which calls for 70 percent of Iowans to have education or training beyond high school by 2025.
“Iowa’s adult education and literacy programs are life-changing for the nearly 18,000 students who are served each year,” Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise said. Many of these adults face significant barriers to employment. Our programs and partners provide the extra support they need to gain the education and skills necessary to succeed in college and careers.”
The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which was passed in 2014, requires states to seamlessly deliver integrated job-driven services, including postsecondary education and training, to help those with significant barriers to employment earn marketable credentials to secure high-quality jobs and careers.
For more information about Iowa’s adult education and literacy programs, visit the Iowa Department of Education’s website. In addition, the Your Future Starts Here website features student success stories and provides resources to help Iowans start the path to earning high school equivalency diplomas, head to college, or launch their careers.

Monday, September 18, 2017

BC Homecoming 2017 information

Homecoming 2017

You can support the Bobcats 

by ordering a Homecoming t-shirt by Friday, September 22  

or a 

Painted Driveway Bobcat by Thursday, September 21st

Here's a link for the form for getting your driveway painted. 

Order your 2017 Homecoming Shirt!  Check out the web store ( by Friday, September 22nd to order. 

Next week is Homecoming!  Our theme this year is Bobcats of the Future.  Make sure to show your Bobcat Spirit all week with our dress-up days.
Monday - Silver/Metallic Day
-Find anything silver or metallic and dress head to toe!
Tuesday - Parents Day
-Locate your Dad shirt/ties, then find your Mom pants/floral dress.  You love your parents, but sometimes their clothes can be down right funny!
Wednesday - Grandparents Day
-Find your bald/gray hair, add a cane and orthopedic shoes, throw on the plaid pants or grandma's dress and you are set.
Thursday - Class Distinction Day
-Check your email for your class vote
Seniors - Rich & Fancy Day
Friday - Blue & Gold Day
-Pull out the Bobcat Spirit and let it Shine!