UAI Staff News
- Planning and Grading. Work assigned requires time planned for grading and/or feedback. While you plan, make sure you are planning lessons AND planning time for yourself to use to grade.
- Outreach and Relationships. All advisors have time built in to do outreach, but too often that time is dedicated to issues or problem-based outreach. This month, prioritize building relationships with your time. Make contact just to say "Hi" and "How are you" or "We're just checking in to see how we can help". Yes, we will need to address any issues students are having, but make sure you are checking in and connecting to people, first. You'll find that when you take the time to connect and build relationships, when the time comes to supporting a struggling learner, families who trust and have relationships with you will be the first to answer your call!
- Work Hard and Self Care. Strike the balance this month. Zooming IS fatiguing. Make sure to plan breaks for yourself in between those zooms. Give yourself a break between the zooms. REALLY! Make sure you have enough time to get up from your desk, walk around your apartment, maybe even do a quick 7-minute workout! After work, make the time to talk to or zoom with those who refill and recharge you. Schedule time for you to be outside and away from screens and electronics.
Birthdays This Week
In fact, I don't have listed in DEC....that can't be right!
DO EMAIL ME if this is incorrect!
Staff Circles Committee (Members: Annie, Jennifer, Juelle, Marsha, & Nakita) In our last Circle, we reflected on our journeys into education and exploring the assumptions we’ve made about our students. There weren’t many responses from the survey, but the results are still valuable. Most staff members enjoy getting to know colleagues more and more. The survey also showed a desire to mix up the groups and more think-time on the breakout prompts. The SC Committee will meet this Wednesday to take an in-depth look at the survey feedback to finish planning the next Circle. Our last staff Circle of 2020 is December 11. Our discussion will be a continuation of the last one, with a special attention to our students and families during Covid.
School Restructuring Committee (Members: Annie, Courtney, Jen, Kiri, Laura, Marsha, Nadine, Nina, and SarahM). The SRC met to finalize new school wide policies (see below). These policies are in effect starting Monday, 30NOV, and the committee plans to re-engage staff on 08JAN21 to check in and revise policies as needed. Our next meeting is on Monday 30NOV20 and we will begin working on policies and systems to better support our SPED and ENL learners.
The Equity Team (Suzannah, Nina, Elana, Kelly, Phillan, Annie, Nakita, Rebecca C, Damon, Ms. King (Kianna’s mom), Ms. Barnes (Alyssa’s mom), Ms. Martuscello (Veronica’s mom), Kianna King, Emily Payamps, Jerlai Tyner, Jamilah Alshawish, Salia Naschel). No updates this week.