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UCPS holds Summer Leadership Conference

Assistant Principal Jane Pressley is among other UCPS administrators as they learn how to de-stress through exercise during the two-day 2009 Summer Leadership Conference held Aug. 5, and Aug. 6, 2009.

The Union County Public School system held its annual Summer Leadership Conference Aug. 5 and 6 for principals, assistant principals, and central office administrators at Cuthbertson High School.
   
One goal of the conference was to promote a better understanding of Globalization for the upcoming school year. In addition to the many topics that focused on Globalization and its related concepts, there were also workshops such as Professional Learning Communities, School Law, Health and Wellness, and Technology.
   
Many of the school systems administrators, Central Services staff and Instructional Technology Specialists also shared their own ideas and successes in “breakout sessions.” These sessions included Making Surveys using Google, Digital Storytelling, Learning Without Limits, Stress for Assistant Principals and Directors, Web 2.0 Communications Tools and 21st Century Communication.
   
UCPS Legislative Liaison Jim Stegall gave some insight into the bills being considered in Raleigh and an overview of the state’s recently approved budget.
   
The 2009-2010 UCPS Teacher of the Year, David Dahari, a Marvin Ridge High School science teacher, was the keynote speaker during the two-day conference. He spoke on the importance of staying cutting edge in technology and thinking outside the box in teaching our future generations.
   
Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis shared his areas of focus for the school system, which included increasing the overall UCPS graduation rate and the percentage of students scoring at grade level, high priority schools, and continuing to raise the SAT scores at the high schools.
   
Davis also noted a focus on the increased use of technology in the school system to automate work, increase efficiency and reduce the use of paper. He voiced a desire for reaching out to the community and to parents in order to seek feedback on schools’ needs and progress and a concentration on Globalization and technology.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Aug 07, 2009 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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