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Back-to-School Tips for Superintendents (Part 2)

The new school year is well underway. As superintendent of your district, your leadership sets the tone for how the months to come will unfold. You likely have already visited your schools and made contact with all of your principals and teachers. They know you are there to help, offering guidance and assistance any way you can. Routines such as regular sit-downs with your principals and their leadership teams and attendance at faculty meetings can establish your availability as a source of support. Now that the foundation for the year is set and internal connections are [...]

2018-09-18T12:59:01+00:00 September 12th, 2018|

Back-to-School Tips for Principals (Part 2)

The new school year is well underway – and hopefully off to a great start. As the principal of your school, the tone you set in these early days serves as the foundation for the months to come. You have likely already established habits that promote an open and friendly atmosphere where your presence is welcoming and well-received. While you may be focused on offering help and guidance to your teachers and staff members and showing care and concern for your students’ wellbeing and success, it’s also critical to pay attention to collaboration and learning. This [...]

2018-09-18T12:55:00+00:00 September 12th, 2018|

Back-to-School Tips for Principals (Part 1)

It’s September at last and that means students across the country are back in the classroom. It’s a time when students anticipate new clothes, school supplies, lessons and experiences. Your faculty and staff spent a portion of their summer preparing for a great 2018-19 school year. As principal, you lead the way – listening to your team, responding to requests and creating an environment that fosters success. Through our close relationships with the principals who participate in our coaching programs, we’ve gained insight into the everyday trials and triumphs that back-to-school season can bring. Here are three [...]

2018-09-18T12:56:11+00:00 September 5th, 2018|

Back-to-School Tips for Superintendents (Part 1)

School is in session across the country and that means communities are coming together for the 2018-2019 academic year. Your principals, teachers and staff have already welcomed students back into the classroom. Students are reconnecting with one another and anticipating many new and exciting lessons and experiences. As superintendent, your presence is critical for establishing and maintaining the enthusiasm and momentum for the months to come. Through our close relationships with the superintendents from the districts we support – over 500 from coast to coast – we’ve gained insight into the everyday trials and triumphs that back-to-school [...]

2018-09-18T12:50:31+00:00 September 5th, 2018|

Capitalizing on Structures that Invite Teachers to Invest in Instructional Coaching

If you’ve ever coached a sport’s team, you may have noticed how the process of coaching baseball players and teachers is so much alike. Contemplate the chorus in John Fogerty’s 1985 song, Centerfield: Oh, put me in coach, I’m ready to play today. Put me in coach, I’m ready to play today. Look at me, I can be centerfield.” That anthem to baseball just seems to exude the essence of confidence, a sense of competence, and a willingness and enthusiasm to be part of something greater than yourself! That’s what great coaches do . . . provide encouragement [...]

2018-08-18T04:59:05+00:00 August 16th, 2018|

First Openly Autistic School Board Member visits High Road Academy

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 1 in 59 children in the United States have autism. Autism is not a predictable or uniform disability – it presents differently in every child – so there’s no “one size fits all” approach to autism education. To show special education students at the High Road Academy of Wallingford that autism shouldn’t keep them from pursuing their dreams, administrators recently invited in an “openly and proudly autistic” politician and professor to speak at the school. Sarah Selvaggi-Hernandez and her story of overcoming the challenges of living with autism caught the attention of school [...]

2018-08-18T04:59:16+00:00 June 28th, 2018|

Educator Spotlight – June 2018

We are pleased to feature our first-ever Team of the Month edition of Educator Spotlight! Over the years, we have received several requests to nominate a team of teachers for the Educator Spotlight honor. Team is defined as a group of educators who work together daily to support learning, student success, and academic outcomes; who create a strong and supportive school community; and who demonstrate the Catapult Learning Core 4 Values of transparency, accountability, humility, and decisiveness. Announcing the Team of the Month  Educator Spotlight  honorees! Congratulations to our educators! St. Andrew Catapult Learning Team Bucks County, Pennsylvania Team Members: Jill Smith, Teacher Nicole [...]

2018-08-18T04:59:23+00:00 June 12th, 2018|

Cultural Competence – Part I: First Steps

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to the change the world.”—Nelson Mandela As educators, we must work to meet the needs of all learners in our classrooms. To do this, we must participate in continuous professional learning and self-reflection. We are obliged to study the latest methods and strategies, know the relevant pedagogy, and stay knowledgeable about the concepts, content, and skills that are required of our students. We must also be culturally competent. According to  The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, cultural competence means to be respectful and responsive to the health beliefs and practices—and cultural and linguistic needs—of diverse [...]

2018-08-18T04:59:24+00:00 June 4th, 2018|

Better Hearing & Speech Month – Part 2: Safe Hearing & Listening

By Janelle Paul, M.S., CCC-SLP, Supervisor of Specialized Services, Catapult Learning Earlier in the month, I wrote about caring for your teacher voice in Part I of my blog highlighting National Better Hearing & Speech Month. But it wouldn’t be Better Hearing and Speech Month without some tips about hearing health/safety! I’d like to share a little information about noise-induced hearing loss, which is completely preventable. Noise-induced hearing loss occurs when extreme or excessive noise has caused permanent loss of hearing that was once intact. This can be caused by prolonged or frequent exposure over time or a single intense sound. [...]

2018-08-18T04:59:24+00:00 May 29th, 2018|

Better Hearing & Speech Month – Part I: Caring for Your Teacher Voice

By Janelle Paul, M.S., CCC-SLP, Supervisor of Specialized Services, Catapult Learning I am excited to inform you that May is National Better Hearing and Speech Month! As a speech-language pathologist (SLP), I often use this month as an opportunity to provide knowledge and tips about good vocal hygiene and good listening habits. This is particularly beneficial for our teachers who tend to overuse their voices. VOICE DISORDERS Teachers and school staff are especially susceptible to voice disorders due to the nature of our work. What is a voice disorder? According to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), a voice disorder is something that [...]

2018-08-18T04:59:25+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|