Your Prezi looks great! And I really like a lot of the ideas that you touched on. For exmple, I reallly appreciate the idea of constnatly updating te school website to keep parents/students informed. Personally, I was always upset as a student when I would get the response, "Check the website," but it hadn't een updated in years.
I also really appreciate your idea of feedback channels. This allows everyone involveed to reallly express how the are feeling, or what they are seeing. By doing this, schools can figure out what the true issues are, and come up with solutions on hhow to fix them.
Wow. This is a great poster! The newer version of Prezi must have this capability of creating movement within the poster. The template I used was simple and effective, but I really like the movement. It makes it very eye-catching and the presentation of information was clear. Well done!
Great poster, Kimberly! I love how each of your commitments has its own slide or bubble. It helps enhance their importance. Your commitments are ambitious and show a lot of caring and investment on your part. For example, adding a chapter to the teacher training manual about "It's never too late to learn". I know this will take a lot of time, but it will spread your knowledge to your sphere of influence in an effective and consistent manner.
Great prezi! A few ideas struck me, including alumni connections for welcome- they are such a powerful connection- I can remember one school I worked at where alumni would come regularly and even volunteer- it was a testament to the 'welcome' they felt.
Feedback channels are such an important but often unrecognised source of information- teaching in a small school myself I feel the assumption from our admin and management is like, "why don't they just tell you?", but we know that its not that simple.
There is a really great Growth Mindset course on Khan Academy you might like to check out. I've used it with high school students, but its all set up and just requires registration.
I loved your choice of Prezi theme, the backdrop of the stars really fit the theme of the "Best School in the Universe." Additionally, the presentation flowed in a positive way that aided the message that you were communicating, good stuff!
I like your idea about sharing resources with teachers, and want to do the same. My only concern is how you accomplish this in a way that doesn't become too "preachy". During this program I have spoken a lot to teachers at my school about the resources we have studied and the ideas discussed, yet I can tell a few are resistant. I know that sharing resources is what we do as educational leaders, but am interested in the best way to do so.
Thanks for sharing,
Your idea to reconnect with alumni can be a powerful networking tool for current students. I have seen the power of those connections with current and former Latin Dance club members when we see them at the Los Angeles Bachata Festival. Giving students opportunities to connect through annual events gives them something that they can always call theirs.
Kaj is right about the difficulties of working around reluctant adult learners. I recommend finding a way to get everyone in your sphere of influence to talk about an initiative or a strategy. The important part is to keep in mind that we are there to serve students so if we put something out there and it gets shut down then we just try the next thing. Persistence works, especially if you are that teacher that inspires others through consistency. Good luck!