Wow! Where did the month of October go? It is hard to believe that we are approaching our fifth and final Connected Educator Month Twitter Chat. We are excited that our final chat topic, Building And Sustaining A Positive School Culture, will be discussed in two separate sessions to provide a greater opportunity for more educators to take part.
Our weekly 8 p.m. EST session will continue with co-moderators Joe Mazza and Daisy Dyer Duerr and then we will repeat the topic at 8 p.m. PST with Cale Birk and Chris Wejr, two colleagues from western Canada. For more information on these phenomenal leaders check out their bios below.
Joe Mazza serves as the Leadership Innovation Manager at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education working with Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (MCDPEL) faculty. Joe, a former elementary Principal, also serves as a national family-community engagement advisor to the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, DC.
Daisy Dyer Duerr is the PreK-12 Principal of St. Paul Public Schools, in St. Paul, Arkansas. She is a 2014 NASSP Digital Principal Award Winner and a Bammy Award Finalist in 2013 for Principal of the Year. At St. Paul Schools she has been able to turn an elementary school that was on the third year of school improvement into a school that was designated as a “Model School” by Willard Daggett’s ICLE in 2012
Cale Birk Cale Birk is a high-school Principal in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. As a practitioner, he has designed numerous interactive professional development sessions for districts and associations in Canada and the United States and has modeled and demonstrated each of the processes that he utilizes in his presentations. Cale’s core beliefs come from the ideas of Professional Learning Communities and Instructional Rounds–that is, “we learn the work by doing the work”, and that “task predicts performance”.
Chris Wejr Currently working as a school principal at James Hill Elementary School in Langley, BC. Previous to this, he was principal at Kent Elementary School in Agassiz, BC. He has spent his career working with students as a high school physical education, math, and science teacher, an intermediate teacher, an elementary vice-principal, as well as a high school volleyball, rugby, track, and basketball coach.
We are excited to finish this month-long collaborative effort with our friends at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and are already looking forward to October 2015!