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Melissa Shipp - Assistant Principal Applicant
Transcript of Melissa Shipp - Assistant Principal Applicant
Assistant Principal Applicant
Acton Elementary School
All about me
Meet The Shipp's....
Low SES Experience &
My Philosophy on Discipline
Other Roles and
the AES AP.
A few new ideas
when you choose me!
Why I became a teacher….
- My 4th Grade teacher changed my life!
- I come from a long line of Educators
- I want to connect with students in creative and unique ways
What inspired me to go back and get my masters….
- My grandparents & Donnie Cody
-I want to be able to make a difference in the lives of more children than just the 22 in one class.
-Being an administrator, while it has challenges, will allow me to help make a difference with teachers, parents, and students.
My personal mission statement….
I believe that all students deserve a quality education, respect in all situations, and opportunities to grow while learning in a safe setting, where mistakes are allowed and nobody is perfect!
- BS in Elementary Education - Graduated 2002
Texas Wesleyan University
- M. Ed. in Education Administration - Graduated 2013
- Principal Certificate - Texas 2014 Kindergarten -12th
- Teacher Certificate - Texas Generalist 1st - 6th
- ESL Certification - Texas Endorsement 1st - 6th
Granbury Independent School District:
Instructional Specialist - Baccus Elementary School, 2016 to present
3rd and 4th Grade Teacher - Oak Woods School, 2009 to 2016
Fort Worth Independent School District:
6th Grade Math/Science Teacher - Leonard Sixth Grade Center, 2006-2008
5th Grade Self-Contained Teacher - Carroll Peak Elementary, 2002-2006
2013 - 2014 Mobile Planetarium
I worked on a team on 5 teachers to write a grant for the Mobile Fort Worth Planetarium to come to Oakwoods.
My responsibility in the grant writing process was to find the TEKS that aligned with the proposal, and look at each grade-level scope and sequence to plan appropriate activities to go along with the planetarium.
Oak Woods was awarded the Grant and the students LOVED the planetarium.
2014 - 2015 Painting Lessons
Our 3rd grade team was awarded a Michaels “Painting with a Twist” Grant
Each student was able to learn painting techniques and learned step by step how to paint Olaf.
Our students loved this activity and being able to take home their personal painting.
Assigned as a mentor teacher to new teachers to the profession.
Wrote new TEKS math lesson plans and shared with two other GISD schools in 2015
Observed by 3 teachers from GISD and a group of Godley ISD teachers on implementation of math and writing in 2015
Pilot for Video Lesson Recording
Recorded, Uploaded, and Shared via Google video recorded lessons for a BSI student.
Have been named "the BSI whisperer"
Organization (504, ARDS, RTI, Data Analysis & Documentation)
Data Analysis & Documentation
Data drives everything I currently do and would drive all TEAM meetings as the AP. Understanding strengths and weaknesses and pinpointing intervention is necessary for true academic achievement - especially with ESL, Bilingual, 504, Sped, Dyslexia, etc.
Documentation is key! Accurate notes on behavior, academics, and small group instruction leads to student growth.
"Follow up & Follow Through" - I do what I say I will do.
As the Assistant Principal:
I would make it a priority to make sure all instruction is driven by first the TEKS, and then by data analysis. I would make myself available to analyze data with teachers, especially those new to teaching....Setting goals for them and their students...above and beyond GAP.
Motivating Teachers and Students:
Everybody needs to hear what they are doing right!
I would love to introduce "WOW Moments of Praise" - these would be notes that I would leave teachers and students
I would also like to share these with staff either in an email weekly or during team meetings - we grow by seeing others and imitating what works!
Areas to Address Feedback....
It is never easy to tell someone they need to work on something - but it is part of an administrators job.
I will always treat teachers with respect, show kindness, and be professional when having to address areas that need improvement.
504, ARDS, RTI Meetings....
Conduct myself professionally and state only the facts.
Prepare ahead of time by meeting with teachers and studying IEPs and BIPs.
Assist teachers in collecting data that will back up the plan in place or the plan that needs to be in place for student success.
"It is far easier and more effective to intervene using universal, research-based strategies when a problem is first developing than to wait until larger deficits require more intense forms of intervention" - Dr. Andrea Ogonosky (RTI Handbook 2009)
Every student and situation is different - discipline should fit the child
"Fair and Equitable" - no one size fits all intervention for behavior.
Constant communication between parents, admin, teacher, and student will be at the center of everything I do.
My Motto - "I will do whatever it takes, if it is what is best for kids!"
As the Assistant Principal...
My number one priority would be "teacher support".
What can I do that the teacher has not already done to improve the behavior for not just today.... but in the future?
TEAM Approach - I would work closely with Mrs. Roe and Mrs. Willmeth sharing ideas and advice on creative ways to discipline students.
Examples... individual behavior plans/goal sheets, campus mentors, behavior improvement incentives such as treats, prizes, coupons, and gift cards.
Implemented the PLC process (bi-weekly meetings, CFA writing, pirate time)
Wrote professional development around need areas on campus.
Goal Setting with teachers/students & Mentored new teachers.
Attended and helped lead RTI and CARA Meetings for all grades K-5
Organized and implemented a school wide data wall system for tracking growth (photos given on next slide)
All Hands on deck - helped with discipline as needed daily and worked with teachers on strengthening relationships in the classroom.
Worked during the summer with the curriculum department on implementation of Empowering Writers Baggies and Math Problem Solving Strategies.
Consistent Growth the last two years
This year projecting 75%+ reading on level
Low SES: 85%
Showing 7% increase last year and tracking for that again this year.
Motivation: Homework Passes, Nacho Party, Movie at School, 7 up club, etc.
Idea #1: "Frequent Flyers Breakfast Club" with me
Students will be "INVITED" to breakfast once a week who have been on my radar all week
Focus of the breakfast would be a small group session to build behavioral goals, and learn coping skills (Example: Calvin)
Relationship building would be primary.
"Talk time" - sharing with me how I can support them that week.
I would seek out churches or individuals to donate the breakfast / no cost to the school.
Students would change weekly based on need.
Idea #2: Assistant Principal's Service Project
GISD serves - linking mentors with students that need positive role models and working together on a project
Teaching TEAMWORK and an attitude of service
Students will be chosen (not based on the best kid in class, but based on the student that needs the experience)
Focus would be on "what did I do today to be a world changer?"
Writing / Sharing - students would write and share out what the opportunity meant to them / and a video would be shared on the school Twitter and Website.
*if funds are needed, they will be raised from Donors Choose and/or Grant Writing
Idea #3: Adding Positive to our behavior communication
Create or change the school wide behavior system to reflect the new standards based report card checkpoints
Add in not only #'s of Rule Broken / but have a list of Letters relating to positive behaviors (this has been very successful) EX: C:Student is always willing to help others.
To create suspense, and encourage positive behavior
in addition to the "walk to DCBE/lunch", each semester students with E in citizenship go on a "Mystery Bus" field trip (skating rink, bowling alley, Chick-fil-a, etc.
Funds: Grants, Go Fund Me, Donor's choose, local businesses and churches. (I will hit the pavement and get it covered!)
I know a lot of people want this job..... but I assure you I will work harder than any of them to make a difference in the students of Acton Elementary.
Looks like a perfect fit to me!
Current AP Responsibilities & Experience
BSI - Behavior/De-escalate (CPI Trained)
AP for the day - several times when admin is out (Baccus & Oakwoods)
Walk-through evaluations in strive
RTI Meetings - Co-lead with Mrs. Bledsoe
Talk with teachers about professional conduct
Field Trips - Attend as administrator
Academic Coaching with kids (working through the "Why" for their behavior) and with teachers (goal setting / growth)
Current AP Responsibilities & Experience (cont.)
Developed OR found behavior plans for positive tracking in class
Co-wrote school wide discipline plan for streamlined behavior
Master Scheduling (PLC incorporation)
Joined for GAP portfolio evaluation conferences
Parent communication for discipline
Positive Calls/Notes to Parents, when I see them working hard and improving either academic or behavioral
My Discipline Philosophy - The 2 x 10 method
Positive behavior management
Building relationships with students changes everything....it all comes down to TRUST
"2 minutes a day, 10 days in a row"
allowing any student who has repetitive discipline issues to talk about anything they want to with you....builds respect for both the student / adult, creating a safe environment for them to process behaviors.
How will this look as the AP?
Professional development - how and why it works
Modeling - the best way to make this happen, is to watch someone else do it. Not all conversations need to happen in the office.
As the AP, I will have a 2x10 checklist for myself of frequent flyers
my daily challenge would be spending the 2 min with them (at lunch, breakfast, recess, in the hallway, or in class)
Weekly Newsletter - Providing question stems and ideas for relating to the "outside the box kid", along with CHAMPS and TOUGH KIDS TOOLKIT ideas/suggestions to implement.
Positive Communication with parents, investing in the family.
Acton Elementary (and Granbury ISD as a whole) are seeing major changes in demographics the last two years.
New housing/duplexes in Cresson and neighborhoods around AES
Hurricane Harvey and other disaster evacuees
Relocation due to loss of jobs / living with family members
Students moving back and forth between GISD campuses
You need someone that can join you with experience disciplining and working with parents of the demographics you serve!! That's me!
My experience with Low SES Demographics:
Fort Worth ISD - Carroll Peak Elementary (98%) - 4 years
Fort Worth ISD - Leonard 6th Grade Center (85%) - 2 years
Granbury ISD - Oak Woods School (40%) - 8 years
Granbury ISD - Baccus Elementary School (85%) - 2 years
An easy day at Baccus for discipline is usually 4-5 kids, and a hard day can be 10+ students sent to the office for various reasons
I have learned and practiced:
walking and processing student behaviors
providing cool-off time and space
removal from classroom (in some cases)
pushing into classrooms to re-direct misbehavior/provide support for the teacher
restraint holds on BSI students, and parent conferences.
#31 - All other duties as assigned....
While I know this job is primarily for discipline, I know it "takes a village" to run a school. I am and will always be "all hands on deck"!
Thank you for your time and consideration today.