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Letter from the Superintendent

January 2015

Dear Colleagues:

As part of my New Year’s resolution, I plan to more regularly share my thoughts with you. This may include writing updates about new school or districtwide initiatives and sharing articles related to the work we are doing in our schools.

To begin with I am sharing am by Carol Dweck from the Marshall Memo on fixed versus growth mindset thinking among teachers. I challenge you to visit the link provided within the summary to an online mindset test. I am hopeful that if find you are of a fixed mindset as an educator that you will work on developing a growth mindset. It’s that concept of “ever better� that I have often talked about. We can always get better and there is absolutely no shame in that. In fact, this type of thinking is healthy and can produce collaborative, meaningful and authentic discussions among educators that lead to new strategies or different goals. Ultimately it’s about working as individuals and with others on discovering techniques that hone our craft in ways that truly
help all students to be successful and achieve at high levels.

The article is entitled, “Teachers’ Mindsets: Every Student Has Something to Teach Meâ€�  by Carol Dweck in
Educational Horizons, December 2014/January 2015 (Vol. 93, p. 10-14),

If there are any topics that you feel would be helpful for me to write about in the future, please email me. I want to make sure that I’m sharing information that is meaningful and important to you.

I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday break and I look forward to our continued collaboration in 2015!