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Summer leadership conference focuses on PLCs

Tim Brown, an associate of the Indiana-based Solution Tree, was the keynote speaker of this year’s UCPS Summer Leadership Conference. He spoke about Professional Learning Communities (PLC), the ongoing process of educators working collaboratively in their teaching strategies. (Below) Marvin Elementary Principal Dr. Jay Jones, second from right, discusses PLCs with Marshville Elementary Principal Tom Childers during a breakout session at this year's Summer Leadership Conference. Also pictured, from left, is Hemby Bridge Elementary Principal Casey Ball and the school's assistant principal, Stephanie Burris. (Photo by Courtney Wright.)

UCPS administrators are taking advantage of summer months to prepare for the new school year, beginning with a two-day Summer Leadership Conference held at South Piedmont Community College.

The conference, held June 25 and June 26, offered professional development for approximately 159 principals, assistant principals and central office administrators.

This year’s event featured keynote speaker Tim Brown, an associate of the Indiana-based Solution Tree, a company that provides staff development and educational strategies aimed at improving staff and student performance.

The focus of the two-day event was Professional Learning Communities (PLC), the ongoing process of educators working collaboratively in their teaching strategies. “The charge today was to try to get people to see what the big ideas are and how administrators can embrace their roles in turning those big ideas into the real process of collaboration for school improvement,” Brown said, adding that the focus of PLCs is always student-centered.

Brown said his goal for participants was to develop a plan of action for their schools. “Everyone is at a different place,” he said. “You have some people who have been on the PLC journey longer and others who are just starting.”

A major goal of the training was to assist clusters in putting together a plan of action for bringing PLCs to their schools.

On day two of the conference, Union County Public Education Foundation Executive Director Dick Baker spoke about the timeline of the organization to date and shared the priorities the foundation will undertake in the coming fiscal year. Chief among those priorities was continued community and business engagement and donor cultivation.

Baker also announced the new annual program “BizEd,” which will debut in November in conjunction with American Education Week. “The program is designed to connect the local business community directly with public schools through in classroom presentations and participation,” Baker said.

BizEd activities will include a business luncheon that will not only publicly recognize the UCPS Teacher and Principal of the Year, but also serve as a platform for foundation announcements, business support and grant initiatives.

BizEd 2012 will be held Nov. 15, 2012, with the Cuthbertson cluster. Additional clusters will be added to the program in subsequent years until all 53 UCPS schools are participating in the program.
 

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Jun 27, 2012 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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