Monday, March 11, 2013

The Superintendent Chronicle: A Week in Review

To stay consistent with our focus on transparency, I believe that it is important to keep district staff and the community up-to-date on the decisions that are being made. I will be reporting each Monday, through this blog, on the important events that occurred the previous week in a series titled “The Superintendent Chronicle: A Week in Review”. This blog reviews what was a high priority for me the week before and explains the “why” behind important district decisions.

  1. Superintendent Schulte and CIO Smiley picked up our visiting teachers from China last week and spent time helping them acclimate to our country.
  2. Superintendent Schulte spoke at Forward Wisconsin on Evidence-based Leadership

Our first meeting with our visiting Chinese teachers got off to a positive start.  Julie De Cook, Shawn Galvin, Steven Long, Jesse Hou, and Steve Pease met at the Helen Jeffris museum.  The partnership holds much promise.  Here are the Expectations and Questions generated from our first meeting.

Expectations expressed by the Chinese and Janesville Teams

  • Learn from each other, human to human.
  • Learn how education works in our two cultures.
  • Communication and improving our knowledge of respective cultures to bring down barriers.
  • Gain understanding to help in construction of the model classroom to be built in China, modeling Kennedy Elementary School.
  • Learn what one American classroom looks like, with the understanding that both the American and Chinese teams represent one school district, not a nation.
  • Observe and learn ways to include disabled students and differentiate for gifted students, including insights into curriculum creation.
  • Gain fluency in English, while feeling free to converse in Chinese with each other.
  • Gather ideas for educating students in the Arts

Questions asked by the Chinese and Janesville Teams       

  • May we observe students’ opportunities to work in and use school libraries?
  • How do Americans promote leisure time reading?
  • What does the School District of Janesville need to build stronger connections with our Chinese partners?
  • How can we build stronger teacher-to-teacher and student-to-student connections?
  • How can Chinese insights into Math instruction help Janesville educators and students?
  • What can be learned and done to aid in preparation of Chinese students visiting here in summer, knowing that travel here involves 2 months of advance planning
  • May the Chinese visiting teachers visit high school and Universities?  (YES)


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