“Academic Excellence is Our Students’ Success” @CSUGlobal

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CSUGlobal1Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global Campus quickly found willing takers when the Colorado State University System Board of Governors opened the nation’s first 100 percent online state university in 2007. Enrollment by those seeking bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, or certificates of completion has zoomed past 13,000 and may hit 14,000 by year-end – a success by any measure. It’s made more remarkable because many work full time but still want to advance their educations.

“First and foremost, we have a focus on working adults, especially those coming back and seeking their bachelor’s degree as well as those looking for a master’s degree,” said Dr. Jon Bellum, senior vice president and provost of CSU-Global Campus.

The school constantly upgrades its curriculum to keep it current with the needs of area businesses – some of which also place their training programs in the school’s hands.

The school is unique in that it’s a “public institution created by the public to serve Colorado and beyond,” Bellum said of its roots in the CSU System. “That’s one of the first differentiators between us and some of the other nonprofits, and definitely one of the main differences between us and for-profit schools.”

CSU-Global Campus also wants to help the 900,000 adults in Colorado who started college but didn’t get a degree. “That’s part of why we started this school, to help them earn that degree,” Bellum said. “In the short term, around 2025 or 2030, about 60 percent of new jobs in the United States will require a bachelor’s degree,” he said, citing a study by the Lumina Foundation, which urges Americans to get college degrees.

The school offers courses in eight-week terms year round, enabling students to earn a degree in less time than at other schools, or more if they so choose based on their other priorities.

“So many of the course portfolio projects give me the opportunity to enhance my current teaching, and invest time and energy in identifying new ways to improve my GED programming that I would not have considered without the assignments for my courses,” said Haley Todd, who earned a master’s of science degree in teaching and learning from CSU-Global Campus while working at Urban Peak as a lead education specialist. She now is a teacher and teacher leader at Emily Griffith High School.

[See “Here’s what CSU-Global Campus is about]

Academic excellence is their student’s success. At CSU-Global, they measure their success by the success of their students. Below is a small sampling of the metrics used every day to improve the academic experience offered, and to best achieve students’ professional, academic, and personal success.

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All this and more if you’re interested in becoming a teacher! Now individuals can earn K-12 teaching credentials while earning a master’s degree, thanks to a partnership between CSU-Global and TeacherReady. Today’s K-12 students need dedicated, passionate teachers and this partnership celebrates such individuals—who have the talent and the determination to become great teachers—get trained, licensed, and into the classroom as quickly as possible.

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Special thanks to Dr. Jon Bellum, Provost and Senior Vice President of Colorado State University-Global Campus, for granting permission to publish this content originally published in the Denver Business on Journal on August 21, 2015, via this link. We appreciate Dr. Bellum’s continued partnership to provide select graduate students at CSU-Global an opportunity to earn a Florida professional teaching certificate through TeacherReady.

Sources within article: * CSU-Global Annual Alumni Survey ** CSU-Global Annual Completion Survey *** Ed Pays **** ETS Proficiency Profile

TeacherReady® is state of Florida approved and is the Educator Preparation Institute of the NCATE accredited Professional Education Unit at the University of West Florida. TeacherReady is an online alternative teacher certification program providing teacher candidates valuable theoretical and conceptual knowledge of teaching as well as an opportunity to apply this knowledge in a classroom setting through field experiences. For more information about TeacherReady visit http://TeacherReady.org or connect with current teacher candidates and alumni on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/teacherreadyprogram.

Creating Positive #Culture is a WIN, WIN, WIN, WIN

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I’ve got the best job ever – writing about What’s Right in Education. Hot off the presses from Superintendent Mize in Tarrant City Schools (AL) to my colleague, Dr. KK Owen, a Coach at Studer Education… Win 1 (my colleague is super stoked):

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For Win 2, check out the excitement of Tarrant Intermediate School principal, David Seale! What a great feeling for him to see that his work is recognized by a colleague and that his actions as a leader are making a difference!

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This new teacher’s message? Win 3.

…TCS really makes me feel better about myself. They constantly show appreciation to employees. Today took the CAKE! Our new principal gave us each a HAND-WRITTEN thank you note, and they were specific to us. Now THAT is how you show appreciation.

Do you have a system for reward and recognition? If not, it’s not too late… there’s still time to think about it (Win 4). Develop a system for rewarding and recognizing employees that come to work each day hoping that they can make a difference in their students’ lives. This is one way to return focus to why we do what we do every day – purpose, worthwhile work, and making a difference.

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Special thanks to Dr. Shelly Mize, Superintendent of Tarrant City Schools, AL, for sharing the email string. You can follow Dr. Mize on Twitter at @drmizetcss.

At What’s Right in Education #WRIE, engage with ed leaders who have developed systems for rewarding and recognizing employees in their district. Tweet @KKOwen_Coach for more information.

Our mission at Studer Education is to help education systems achieve measurable results that produce positive outcomes in student achievement, employee engagement, support services, and financial efficiencies and productivity. Our goal is to help school systems provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Follow us on Twitter at @StuderEducation and visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the seventh straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Your Path To The Hall of Fame Begins Today

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We promote creating a process to manage up other people. We teach that managing up is a specific type of recognition that positions people well with others. It promotes people recognizing other people for good work.

 

During one school district’s beginning of the year Convocation each leader, faculty, and staff member received the following message on a note card, “Your path to the Hall of Fame starts Monday.” What a great message of hope – for excellence – delivered by the Superintendent and district leadership team with the card; but it didn’t stop there!

As each department and school leader, faculty, and staff member received the card, the giver asked the individual to reflect, “What does this look like to you? What does action that will get you into the Hall of Fame look like?” Take a minute to reflect…

As I reflected, my initial thought was, “Wow!” Reflecting on this message challenged me to act (rightly and excellently) into better (leadership) behavior… What does that mean? One example is that it moved me to proactively communicate the meaningful work of my colleagues, and recognize their contributions individually as well as with our executive leader.

If the positive action stopped here, then there would still be some cascading effect among my colleagues; that is, they would at a minimum be happy about such a positive behavior change in their leader! Too, they would appreciate the recognition they received from their executive leader! This is the exciting part of the message… When we change leader and teacher behavior, we create a more positive working environment and we positively influence student behavior and learning. 

Seems too easy, right? It is for some leaders! However, it is sometimes helpful to train leaders on a process for applying and validating recognition; this is sometimes the only way to change behavior. The end result will be Hall of Fame worthy.

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Join the Studer Education team at Destination High Performance, October 21-22, to learn more about developing continuous systems improvement processes for your district. Tweet @KKOwen_Coach or email her at Karen.Owen@StuderEducation.com for more information.

Maximize Performance: Creating a Culture for Educational Excellence by Quint Studer and Janet Pilcher assists education leaders to engage in systematic reviews to diagnose, apply, assess, and validate the execution of strategies across school, department, and school system levels. Learn more about Maximize Performance at http://www.studereducation.com/MP. Follow the authors on Twitter using @quint_studer and @janetpilcher.

Our mission at Studer Education is to help education systems achieve measurable results that produce positive outcomes in student achievement, employee engagement, support services, and financial efficiencies and productivity. Our goal is to help school systems provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Follow us on Twitter at @StuderEducation and visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the seventh straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

First Year Principal’s Welcome Back Speech includes “What’s your What?”

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Grandt-Turke SDJEntering her first year as principal at Harrison Elementary School in the School District of Janesville (WI), Jessica Grandt-Turke thought it imperative that her staff get to know her “whats” or “what was important to her” so that they would have an understanding of her leadership style and vision for the school. During her welcome back speech with staff she shared what was important to her — including the things that she stands for, believes in, and which drive and motivate her.

In our work with teachers and leaders in the School District of Janesville, we introduce What’s Your “What”1 to leaders and teachers so that leaders can best work with teachers and visa versa, and teachers can best work with students and parents. According to the superintendent’s district blog, “staff members at Harrison Elementary were inspired as Principal Grandt-Turke shared her heart and passion, and they were encouraged to do the same by taking time to share their ‘what’ with other staff members.”

According to the blog, Principal Grandt’s shared:

Education is passion, the key to a child’s future. Principal Grandt is driven and is passionate about educating future generations because each child deserves a quality education. In fact, she stated, “It is our obligation to educate children; we are responsible for providing a quality education for each child here.”

Relationships are important. It is crucial to develop strong, positive relationships with co-workers, parents and students. We cannot do this alone, and it is only through relationships that we are able to successfully educate each child. “We need the staff, parents and students to know that we are all in this together.”

I am not only an educator, but also a mom. “It was important that my staff know that I have kids, and that I am a mom because that is the lens that I see things through. In each situation, I ask ‘Is this okay if my son were here? Would I want a situation handled this way if it involved my daughter?’ I’m not going to settle on treating these children differently than I would treat my own children” Principal Grandt-Turke.

I am organized. “If there are piles on my desk, I am probably stressed out.” This gave staff members a nonverbal cue to look for when approaching the principal during the day.

A positive attitude is key! “I wouldn’t want negative, crabby people working with my kids, and I want to provide the same care for other people’s children. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be days where someone needs to vent, but it is a about having a general positive attitude.”

The blog ended with a challenge for readers:

What is your “What?” What drives you as an educator inspires and motivates you every day? Why did you decide to invest in the lives of children…? I want to encourage you to share your “what” here on this blog [and] with your coworkers, encourage one another and remind one another why we are each doing what we do everyday.

We challenge you to do the same…

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What’s Right in Education blog. August 3, 2012. What’s Your “What”?

Principal Grandt-Turke arrived at Harrison School as the Principal in 2010, and in 2013 she was recognized by the School District of Janesville as Administrator of the Year. Harrison Elementary School in the School District of Janesville (SDJ), Wisconsin, believes that educational success for each child can be attained only through the cooperative efforts of school staff, parents, and students. Check out Harrison’s website here and Principal Grandt-Turke’s message here.

Blog focus suggested by Dr. Karen Schulte, Superintendent, and adapted from her superintendent’s blog at the School District of Janesville, Wisconsin.

Our mission at Studer Education is to provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. To do this we partner with school system leaders to create results-oriented school cultures that become great places to work and learn. Visit us online at http://studereducation.com to learn more about Studer Education Leader Development Institutes (LDIs) and Evidence-Based Leadership. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, a Great Place to Work® and the recipient of a 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Creating positive #culture: What gets recognized gets repeated

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We promote creating a process to manage up other people. We teach that managing up is a specific type of recognition that positions people well with others. It promotes people recognizing other people for good work.

We recommend that leaders manage up people when they do things well. Why? Managing up helps everyone know “what right looks like.” Also, we know that what is recognized gets repeated, and so it creates the habit of focusing on the positive. Our goal as leaders is to build a manage-up culture.

We teach that when someone is managed up to leaders, a leader then manages up that person to senior leadership by giving credit to both people. Here’s an example of teachers managing up students to the high school administration, who in turn manage up each student to his or her parent. This example is from Milton High School, led by 2015 finalist for Florida’s Principal of the Year, Michael Thorpe:

Some high schools may be reluctant to consider positive phone calls to parents, but Milton High School, Santa Rosa County, Florida, uses positive phone calls to improve the connection with their parents, that is, the connection between school and home. Each week all teachers at the school send the name of a stand out student to the school administrator assigned to that teacher for evaluation purposes. On the Stand Out Student form the teacher explains why the student was chosen. “Stand out” students may receive recognition for their manners, positive attitude, or learning improvement.

The administrator calls the stand out student to the office and recognizes and compliments the student. After the student realizes that he/she is not in trouble, the student enjoys the moment of recognition. The administrator also calls the parent of the stand out student. Though some parents immediately think there is a problem, which again requires an explanation, the administrator goes on to explain the purpose of the call to the parent and recognizes and compliments the parent’s child during the phone call. The administrator also recognizes the teacher who recommended the child as a stand out student. All four administrators at Milton High School value the good will that has come from recognizing and rewarding stand out students to their parents through a weekly phone call.

Identifying stand out students creates 4 winners at Milton High School: the student, the parent, the teacher, and the administrator.  Each is recognized by the other 3 individuals as special people who care about others. Important to our goal of developing relationships with our students and parents, the parent is pleased with the administrator, the teacher and most of all his/her child.

It is sometimes helpful to train leaders on a process for applying and validating recognition; this is sometimes the only way to change an attitude. Make recognition descriptive and contextual so that the individual receiving the praise and others know “what right looks like.” And remember, it takes three compliments to one criticism to yield a positive outcome.

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At What’s Right in Education #WRIE, engage with ed leaders who have developed systems for rewarding and recognizing employees in their district. Tweet @KKOwen_Coach for more information.

Maximize Performance: Creating a Culture for Educational Excellence by Quint Studer and Janet Pilcher will help education leaders engage in systematic reviews to diagnose, apply, assess, and validate the execution of strategies across school, department, and school system levels. Learn more about Maximize Performance at http://www.studereducation.com/MP. Follow the authors on Twitter using @quint_studer and @janetpilcher.

Our mission at Studer Education is to help education systems achieve measurable results that produce positive outcomes in student achievement, employee engagement, support services, and financial efficiencies and productivity. Our goal is to help school systems provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Follow us on Twitter at @StuderEducation and visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the seventh straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

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