April 2020 IAPSS Newsletter

Posted on April 29, 2020

President’s Letter for May 2020

IAPSS President John Hunter“We’re Soarin, flying, there’s not a star in heaven that we can’t reach…you know the world can see us in a way that’s different than who we are. Creating space between us till we are separate hearts.”
These words from the High School Musical’s Breaking Free seem appropriate in these unprecedented times. I never would have imagined in my wildest dreams that my time as President of the IAPSS would be coming to a close under such unparalleled circumstances.

How Districts Are Helping Teachers Get Better at Tech Under Coronavirus

IAPSS understands how difficult a full transition to elearning has been for many of our Indiana districts. This article highlights how some school districts across the country are using this time to encourage professional development in technology.

Read more: https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2020/04/22/how-districts-are-helping-teachers-get-better.html

The Best Ways for Teachers to Manage Stress

There is no doubt that stress has crept into the lives of our Indiana educators and administrators. It’s a natural response to something as shell-shocking as a pandemic. However, there are ways that we can manage that stress so that we do not impact the educational outcomes of our students. Learn more from a psychologist in this article.

Read more: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/ask_a_psychologist/2020/04/the_best_way_to_manage_stress.html

Innovating Without Abandoning What Works

Good ideas are abundant in education. When an educator or administrator comes with one, districts can be excited to implement. However, all of our districts and school leaders must be sure to not abandon what works. This article can help you simultaneously incorporate new ideas and stay grounded in what works.

Read more: https://www.edutopia.org/article/innovating-without-abandoning-what-works


Tips From Principals for Better Teacher Evaluations

Evaluation is essential for all administrators to check in on their staff and also provide a meaningful chance for professional development. However, some may view evaluations as punitive or as micro-management. This article helps to frame how administrators can set up better teacher evaluations for all parties.

Read more: https://www.edutopia.org/article/tips-principals-better-teacher-evaluations

As Summer Nears, School Districts Begin ‘Scenario Planning’

Many districts across the country are beginning to plan for what the future may hold after pandemic policies start to lift. Summer is being touted as one opportunity for districts to catch up. Learn how your district might benefit from using summer in this article.

Read more: https://www.educationdive.com/news/as-summer-nears-school-districts-begin-scenario-planning/575960/