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UCPS holds annual Summer Leadership Conference
The Union County Public School system held its annual two-day Summer Leadership Conference June 17 and 18 at Porter Ridge High School, an opportunity for school administrators to get geared up for the upcoming school year.
The conference offered professional development for approximately 150 principals, assistant principals and central office administrators.
Deputy Superintendent Dr. David Clarke, who organized the event, said the conference’s goal is to provide professional development for UCPS administrators, allowing them to keep up with the current educational trends.
The focus of this year’s conference was on professional development for the school district leadership team in the areas of human resources, technology, and discipline.
“I feel like the conference was a success in providing administrators with valuable information for the upcoming school year,” Clarke said.
Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis opened the conference by sharing her areas of focus for the 2014-15 school year. She said that focus would be getting back to basics.
“We’re going to do the right thing by children,” Ellis said. “The right thing by children is teaching them to read, do math, science and social studies. Let’s autograph our work with excellence.”
This year’s conference keynote was Jaime Casap, the Global Education Evangelist at Google, Inc.m who spoke on the power and potential of the web, technology and Google tools. Casap said that these tools enable and support capabilities in pursuit of creating powerful learning models.
Casap works with educational organizations around the world, helping them find ways to continuously improve the quality of education by utilizing and enabling technology capabilities.
There were two other speakers at the annual conference: Scott Macdonald and Brian Mendler.
Macdonald has been practicing labor relations and employment law since 1987, and human resource management since 1997. He is the managing director of Macdonald & Associates, a Human Resource Management Consulting services firm in Middletown, CT, and a senior consultant with The Human Resource (HR) Consortium in New Haven.
The scope of his work includes employee and labor relations, HR compliance and best practice audits, employee handbooks, personnel policies and procedures and compliance with HR laws.
Mendler is a certified elementary and special education teacher with extensive experience working with challenging students in general education, self-contained and inclusion settings. He spoke on AppliTrack Implementation and Training.
Mendler has recently co-authored two books: Strategies for Successful Classroom Management, and Discipline With Dignity 3rd Edition: New Challenges, New Solutions. Both books provide practical, in-depth ideas for working with unmotivated and disruptive students.
In addition, staff participated in several breakout sessions: PowerSchool for Administrators, Making the Most of Outlook and Google Calendars; From Developing to Distinguished: Assessing Standard IV-D; Google Drive 201: Creating Templates and Forms; Multimedia Options for Administrators; and Creating a Teacher Evaluation Walk-Through Form; Assessing Technology Practices in Your School; Social Networking: Your UCPS Digital Footprint; Creating a Teacher Evaluation Walk-through Form.
Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Jun 26, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe