2020 in Review

What a year it’s been on so many levels? A year of challenges, a year of compassion, and a year of new ways of learning.

Since the launch of the PDRC in March 2020, over 2,500 educators from across New York State have engaged in the Long Island PDRC Virtual Sessions.

With this new virtual learning environment, virtual PDRC sessions have allowed us to bring you value and insights on leading teaching methods and modalities of this new working world. Whether it be zooming into a PD session from your kitchen table, from your laptop in the classroom, or in your home office, you haven’t let the working remote barriers impact your commitment to growth & learning.

Long Island PDRC 2020 by the numbers!

  • Over 2500 educators participated in our virtual, live PD workshops
  • 50 sessions offered at various times to meet your busy schedule
  • 24 unique session topics
  • You have rated us 3.75 on a 4.0 scale for presentation quality and effectiveness
  • Many of you have returned and engaged in several of our impactful sessions.

Thank you for joining us in 2020! We look forward to continuing to provide pertinent PD and seeing you in 2021!

Leadership Conversations: Prioritizing Habits in School Leadership

by Mitch Center

As we close out 2020 and look ahead to the new year, we face again the possibility a fresh beginning with boundless potential. Haven’t we all made promises to ourselves about what we will do differently and how we will be better – both personally and professionally – as we make New Year’s Resolutions and promises to ourselves? And we should! The passing of time is relentless, and it’s important to take stock and re-evaluate and make decisions about how and where we should expend our energy and talents.

To make resolutions that stick, you need to be able to identify what’s important to you – in other words, what your priorities are – and you need to be find a way to successfully incorporate new habits or ways of behaving into your routine.

Whether you are resolving to make changes in your personal or professional life, consider what James Clear teaches us in Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results.

Following are five suggestions for you to carry into your life, and that you could easily share with teachers, staff and students:

  • Start with an Incredibly Small Habit: Identify a habit so small and easy, you can’t not do it.

Personal Example: If you want to commit to meditating 20 minutes / day, start with just one minute a day.

Professional Example: If you want to observe 3 teachers / day for 20 minutes each, try visiting 3 teachers for just 5 minutes each.

  • Increase your habit in very small ways: The author describes the compounding power of 1% – add just 1% / day until you get where you want to within a few months. What happens is your will power and motivation will increase as you gradually extend your time and work it into your routing, which will help make the habit stick.
  • Break Big Habits Down: By chunking your habits – say, meditating for ten minutes in the morning and ten minutes in the evening – you make the habit more attainable and easy to absorb in your life. If you know you need to spend an hour a day dedicated to communicating with families via email, rather than checking and responding all day throughout the day or for a dedicated hour in the morning, try breaking it into two 30-minute chunks.
  • When you slip, get back on track quick: We’ve all experienced this – with exercise, diets, or other habits we’ve tried to start. We slip, and then consciously or not we let the habit fade away. The author reminds us, “Never miss twice.” It is too easy to break a new habit, so keep this phrase handy to keep yourself on track.
  • Be Patient and Stick to a Pace You Could Sustain: Sustainability is crucial, and progress comes with patience and the consistent practice. But go slow, and probably slower than you think. Add time to your meditation and classroom observations slowly, and be willing to decrease time if where you are headed feels unsustainable. There is no use in developing a habit that is overly burdensome or unrealistic, so be patient with yourself and the habit until it becomes as routine as brushing your teeth.

If 2020 taught us anything it’s that life is unpredictable. Let’s let 2021 be the year not where we can predict and control everything, but where we discover or rediscover our own personal power to make real and meaningful changes in our lives. Happy New Year, everyone!

Mitch Center is a monthly contributor to our Leadership Corner Conversation and provides leadership professional development and coaching for The Long Island PDRC. Check out the Leadership Circle Series on Wednesday mornings by registering at: www.catapultlearning.com/nyspdrc/

Winter PD Offerings

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Special Education Adaptations for All Learners: Tuesday, December 15 at 4pm

Leadership Circle: Wednesday, December 16 at 9:15am

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