Feb 2020 IAPSS Newsletter

Posted on January 15, 2020

New Year Greetings from your IAPSS President

Wishing all a happy New Year!  Are you one for making resolutions? 

Generally speaking, resolutions are not my thing.   However, making resolutions often causes pause, a time of reflection.   Charging into 2020, reflection can be a beneficial practice as we assess from whence, we came and chart a course for future direction. Read More: https://iapss-in.org/news/iapss-presidents-letter-feb-2020/


Social Media Etiquette for Business Owners: 25 Do’s & Don’ts

When it comes to social media etiquette for business, behavior and what to do or not do, it takes practice to fully understand how these tips apply to your day-to-day behavior. What you post becomes a representation of you and your business. The same rules of thumb apply to schools and district social communications. More: https://www.outboundengine.com/blog/social-media-etiquette-for-business-25-dos-donts/


Indiana Aspiring Superintendents Academy

Indiana school districts can propose a referenda, but in recent years, the pass rate has increasingly skyrocketed. Perhaps the difference was in turnout. November elections bring out voters for state and national elections, who may be unaware of the school questions on the ballot. Those voters may be more likely to vote no. But in the five elections from May 2016 to May 2018, 88 percent passed in both May and November. There was no difference. More referenda trends: https://extension.purdue.edu/article/31173

Invest in your leadership development by participating in the Indiana Aspiring Superintendent Academy (IASA). Join the next generation of superintendents by participating in a highly interactive blended learning opportunity to gain an understanding and knowledge of the role of school superintendent. Butler University, Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS), and The School Superintendents Association (AASA) proudly presents the Indiana Aspiring Superintendent Academy, a future-focused, groundbreaking aspiring superintendent academy for all educational leaders. IASA is designed for district, building, and teacher leaders who aspire to the role of superintendent. Register: https://www.butler.edu/coe/iasa

 

Using Twitter Productively

Twitter is a social networking tool that can be a vital part of your self-directed professional development, continuous improvement and overall learning efforts. It’s an easy way to communicate with the public, including parents, educators, voters, and more. By sharing district news, special events and accomplishments, your followers can feel united and included. Twitter is also valuable for building thoughtful connections between educators and students alike. By a simple retweet or favorite, these acts can lead to the formation of virtual professional learning networks and chat sessions extending beyond a district’s borders. The widely followed hashtags #edtech and #edtechchat have expanded learning conversations around the globe. More: https://www.aasa.org/content.aspx?id=38143


5 things to know about school referendums in Indiana

With schools largely reliant on state money for operating expenses, and with local dollars capped and primarily covering transportation and facilities, more than 115 of the state’s nearly 300 districts have put education referendums on the ballot in the past decade. With so many districts attempting referendum there are many things to consider, such as teacher pay, and success rates in demographics. More: https://chalkbeat.org/posts/in/2019/10/24/5-things-to-know-about-school-referendums-in-indiana/


Trends in Indiana School Referenda Results

Indiana school districts can propose a referenda, but in recent years, the pass rate has increasingly skyrocketed. Perhaps the difference was in turnout. November elections bring out voters for state and national elections, who may be unaware of the school questions on the ballot. Those voters may be more likely to vote no. But in the five elections from May 2016 to May 2018, 88 percent passed in both May and November. There was no difference. More referenda trends: https://extension.purdue.edu/article/31173