WoW!  Looking back on my goals for this year, I have royally failed.  I set my goals before I really knew that my job was going to change for next year and that our Design Center wouldn’t be completed and due to those things, my workload doubled and changed.

Quickly on those goals because I still feel like these are areas I could continue to work on:

  1. Being a better public speaker: Yes. This still needs work.  It’s definitely a big weakness of mine and my anxiety really creeps in when I have to speak to a large group, especially on a stage.  I would like to work on this more and will have at least one opportunity next year at Learning 2 Nanjing to present.  I will try to work on this over the summer and in the Fall before then.
  2. Feedback:  This is something I feel really strongly about.  With my job changing, I won’t be in direct contact with students as much any more, but I have put this on the action plan for the Design Department to work with the teachers for next year.  I think that with good feedback protocols, better “making cultures” emerge and it can change our community in how they think about learning.

Now, on to what I did do this year…

What am I proud of from this year:

  1. The Design Team has again grown, we added two new teaching positions and 4! new assistant positions because Design – whether it’s integration our courses is really taking off at ISB.  I am so happy with the diverse skills of our team and what they have brought to the team – they are an integral part of a lot of curriculum planning across all areas of the school, they manage spaces, and they are all great teachers!  I feel uber confident to step back and I know the design program is in super capable hands!
  2. As far as my integration, I am super pleased with the new projects I helped facilitate this year: Grade 9 EAL + Design project, the Grade 10 Climate Change Unit, the FA7 Entrepreneurship Project and adding a more sustainable option for the Grade 8 Chemical Engineering: Polymer project.
  3. I loved that the Responsible Consumption and Production Expectations sparked out of the Entrepreneurship Project and will be used in a variety of areas around school next year: ISB RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION + PRODUCTION GUIDELINES
  4. I’ve started to develop some leadership skills in my supervisory role.  I have been been more involved in the hiring of assistants this year and I am trying to be the best leader I can in this area.  It is definitely not easy.  I have strengths in organization and working with others, but I definitely need to work more on not avoiding tough conversations and articulating myself in a calm and sensible way.

What I need to work on and may consider for goals next year:

  1. I want to grow as a leader.  I will be completing my Leadership Certificate through Georgia Southern this next year, and I hope to use what I am learning in my new role to practice and hone my skills.  I feel like some sort of leadership role is my next step (in 3-5 years), but I can’t decide whether I want to go deeper into curriculum or become an Asst. Principal/Principal.  There are parts of both of these jobs that I am really interested in.
  2. I have 3 Action plans for next year: Design Department, HS Pathways and Future of the Middle School.  I’m really excited to be doing this work but at times, I’m daunted by the openness of the work.  I’m interested to see what we can accomplish over the next few years.
  3. And… research, research, research:

What are best practices and systems for personalized, authentic learning experiences for our students?

How can we offer different options and more personalized learning for our HS and MS students?