August 06, 2012
Writing this article is my last designated duty prior to heading to Idaho for the annual Association of Educational Service Agencies CEO Conference. I hope I will not be called on to fight forest fires during the off hours. The themes this year center on Common Core/Technology/Personalization of Learning/Teacher & Principal Effectiveness. I'm sure there will be a plethora of information to share with staff and school districts upon my return.
Until then we are just trying to prepare staff and budgets for the upcoming school year. Most staff has been hired and will be highlighted in future Connector articles. We are always sorry to lose well-trained, valued staff, but are once again pleased with the quality of replacement personnel.
The entire ESU 10 staff meets in August to push forward on our Continuous Improvement Process. Efforts will be made to identify specific goals to pursue during the coming year in our four Priority Area Committees. This effort should help us provide better service as we "partner with our customers to meet changing needs through professional expertise, training, and support".
One thing that has been noticed this summer is the abundance of challenges to be addressed and solved. As we work though various issues I was amused to read a quote by Olin Miller, "What a pity human beings can't exchange problems. Everyone knows exactly how to solve the other fellow's". This type of exchange could prove to be interesting, but I don't think it will make its way into the official ESU 10 Program of Services.
Here's hoping everyone is having a refreshing hiatus from the rigors of pedagogy and that you are recharging your batteries for another exciting school year. Please let staff at ESU 10 know what we can do to help make your job easier, enjoyable, and more productive.
With that, I'm headed off to a new adventure. Here's hoping your summer was filled with wonderful adventures and new knowledge in a wide variety of areas.