Archive for December, 2011

Women Leaders

Women Education Leaders in Virginia shared this video for women leaders to see. Women leaders, I am curious to see what you think. It does not focus on educational leaders, but women leaders in general. I shared it with my two teen daughters and they were motivated but had many questions.

Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders


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Free Teacher resources

This site was refered to me by a teacher at a local conference, it may or may not be helpful ….but I thought I would share. It may contain some possible wait time activities for teachers.

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December ASCD SmartBrief

Interesting articles and exciting stories can be found in the December 29, 2011 ASCD SmartBrief Journal.

One of my favorites about keeping students engaged over the winter break:
Students work on in-class science projects over the holidays: High-school science teacher Fred Donelson is letting students use his classroom during the holiday break for projects or to receive extra help. “Over the holidays, a lot of these kids are doing projects and experiments that are due right after the break. I like to be here if they need help or if things don’t work well,” he said. ………

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Introduction Letter

December 7, 2011
Dear Parents, Students, and Friends:

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and share my excitement about my appointment as the new principal of Walker-Grant Middle School. Walker-Grant Middle has a reputation of excellence, and I feel very privileged to be with such a dedicated team of educational professionals who are focused on student learning, collaboration, innovation, and a true commitment to high expectations. I am committed to continue these valued traditions and practices.

My goal is to provide leadership that will produce a school culture that seeks to provide differentiated instruction to meet the needs of each student. The educational program of Walker-Grant Middle School must challenge every student academically, engage them by connecting the curriculum to prior knowledge and experience, and also excite and encourage further exploration of new ideas. Parents, teachers, staff, and administration all play an important role in inspiring our children to become active learners. It is my heartfelt desire to offer opportunities for the students of Walker-Grant to obtain the skills to become productive citizens in a rapidly changing society.

Through a close and shared partnership with every parent, faculty, staff, and community partner connected with Walker-Grant Middle School, I am certain we will continue the rich history of Walker-Grant academic and cultural excellence. You can reach me by email at or by phone at 540-xxx-xxxx should you have any questions or concerns.

Melanie Kay-Wyatt
Walker-Grant Middle School Principal

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New Year 2012

With a grateful heart, I wish each and every one of you All The Best in 2012. Happy New Year!

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Good Read For Women Leaders

At the VASCD conference, I was just introduced to a book by Anne Kreamer titled “It,s Always Personal: Emotion in the New Workplace”. If anyone has read this book I am looking for some feedback.

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The VASCD conference guest speakers and presenters have been amazing. All who participated will leave motivated and prepared to tackle new challenges.

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