Monday, February 18, 2013

Due March 1st--Comprehensive School Safety Plan

Comprehensive School Safety Plan 

The Comprehensive School Safety Plan (CSSP) is required by Education Code 32282-32289 to be reviewed and updated by March 1 annually and subsequently submitted for approval to the School Site County (or School Safety Planning Committee) as well as to the district’s governing board or county office of education. The contents of the CSSP should include at a minimum, information assessing the current status of school crime committed on school campus and at school-related functions, strategies and programs that provide or maintain a high level of school safety, and procedures for complying with existing laws related to school safety.

Question: Does Jenny Lind Elementary School have a Comprehensive School Safety Plan? If so, does the plan address the current single ingress/egress issue at the school site and the impact this issue has on student (and staff) safety?

32282.  (a) The comprehensive school safety plan shall include, but
not be limited to, both of the following:

(1) Assessing the current status of school crime committed on
school campuses and at school-related functions.
 (2) Identifying appropriate strategies and programs that will
provide or maintain a high level of school safety and address the
school's procedures for complying with existing laws related to
school safety, which shall include the development of all of the

(G) Procedures for safe ingress and egress of pupils, parents, and
school employees to and from school.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

In Case of Emergency

Stockton school for developmentally disabled practices for worst-case scenario

Saturday, February 9, 2013

School Board Meetings & Robert's Rules of Order

Tip #1
Learn the Basics of 
Robert's Rules of Order:

(YouTube video)
Mastering the 3 Most Important Motions 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Leadership Qualities

The Top 10 Leadership Qualities

Updated: May 26, 2009


Leadership can be defined as one's ability to get others to willingly follow. Every organization needs leaders at every level. Leaders can be found and nurtured if you look for the following character traits.
A leader with vision has a clear, vivid picture of where to go, as well as a firm grasp on what success looks like and how to achieve it. But it's not enough to have a vision; leaders must also share it and act upon it. Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric Co., said, "Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision and relentlessly drive it to completion."
A leader must be able to communicate his or her vision in terms that cause followers to buy into it. He or she must communicate clearly and passionately, as passion is contagious.
A good leader must have the discipline to work toward his or her vision single-mindedly, as well as to direct his or her actions and those of the team toward the goal. Action is the mark of a leader. A leader does not suffer "analysis paralysis" but is always doing something in pursuit of the vision, inspiring others to do the same.


Integrity is the integration of outward actions and inner values. A person of integrity is the same on the outside and on the inside. Such an individual can be trusted because he or she never veers from inner values, even when it might be expeditious to do so. A leader must have the trust of followers and therefore must display integrity.
Honest dealings, predictable reactions, well-controlled emotions, and an absence of tantrums and harsh outbursts are all signs of integrity. A leader who is centered in integrity will be more approachable by followers.
Dedication means spending whatever time or energy is necessary to accomplish the task at hand. A leader inspires dedication by example, doing whatever it takes to complete the next step toward the vision. By setting an excellent example, leaders can show followers that there are no nine-to-five jobs on the team, only opportunities to achieve something great.
Magnanimity means giving credit where it is due. A magnanimous leader ensures that credit for successes is spread as widely as possible throughout the company. Conversely, a good leader takes personal responsibility for failures. This sort of reverse magnanimity helps other people feel good about themselves and draws the team closer together. To spread the fame and take the blame is a hallmark of effective leadership.
Leaders with humility recognize that they are no better or worse than other members of the team. A humble leader is not self-effacing but rather tries to elevate everyone. Leaders with humility also understand that their status does not make them a god. Mahatma Gandhi is a role model for Indian leaders, and he pursued a "follower-centric" leadership role.
Openness means being able to listen to new ideas, even if they do not conform to the usual way of thinking. Good leaders are able to suspend judgment while listening to others' ideas, as well as accept new ways of doing things that someone else thought of. Openness builds mutual respect and trust between leaders and followers, and it also keeps the team well supplied with new ideas that can further its vision.
Creativity is the ability to think differently, to get outside of the box that constrains solutions. Creativity gives leaders the ability to see things that others have not seen and thus lead followers in new directions. The most important question that a leader can ask is, "What if … ?" Possibly the worst thing a leader can say is, "I know this is a dumb question ... "
Fairness means dealing with others consistently and justly. A leader must check all the facts and hear everyone out before passing judgment. He or she must avoid leaping to conclusions based on incomplete evidence. When people feel they that are being treated fairly, they reward a leader with loyalty and dedication.
Assertiveness is not the same as aggressiveness. Rather, it is the ability to clearly state what one expects so that there will be no misunderstandings. A leader must be assertive to get the desired results. Along with assertiveness comes the responsibility to clearly understand what followers expect from their leader.
Many leaders have difficulty striking the right amount of assertiveness, according to a study in the February 2007 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, published by the APA (American Psychological Association). It seems that being underassertive or overassertive may be the most common weakness among aspiring leaders.
A sense of humor is vital to relieve tension and boredom, as well as to defuse hostility. Effective leaders know how to use humor to energize followers. Humor is a form of power that provides some control over the work environment. And simply put, humor fosters good camaraderie.
Intrinsic traits such as intelligence, good looks, height and so on are not necessary to become a leader. Anyone can cultivate the proper leadership traits.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Survey Says!

Question: Would it be beneficial for CUSD administrators to implement a Satisfaction Survey
Below you will find a survey prepared  and handed out by a highly respected School Principal. He puts out a similar survey every school year to receive feed back from his staff; he's not required to do the survey. However, if you ask him why he does it, his response is pretty simple: he wants to know the hard truth so that he can continue to grow and develop as a school administrator. He does a similar survey with the parents he serves.


Site Administration Satisfaction Survey 2012-2013 School Year

School Site: ________________

During this time of staff evaluations it is only fitting and fair that all staff have the ability to comment and give input on how the administration at __________ School is doing. You can write your name if you wish to do so, or your response can be made anonymously.

For the purpose of this satisfaction survey “Site Administrator(s)” refers to the Principal and/or the Vice Principal. If you would prefer to have the survey reflect only the Principal or Vice Principal please identify by circling your choice below:

Principal         Vice Principal            Both

Please circle the response that best applies to each question:

1. Site Administrator(s) are knowledgeable about the needs of our students and the programs that are provided at ________________ School.

strongly agree           agree             no opinion            disagree            strongly disagree


2. Site Administrator(s) are visible and accessible to staff, parents, outside agency representatives, and members of the community.

strongly agree           agree             no opinion            disagree            strongly disagree


3. Site Administrator(s) makes every effort to return phone calls, e-mails, or meet face to face to address staff issues, concerns or questions.

strongly agree           agree             no opinion            disagree            strongly disagree


4. Site Administrator(s) deals with problems and conflicts in a timely manner and in a way that is respectful to all involved.

strongly agree           agree             no opinion            disagree            strongly disagree


5. Site Administrator(s) works to ensure that the school campus is clean, safe and well maintained and that classroom supplies, materials and equipment needs are met.

strongly agree           agree             no opinion            disagree            strongly disagree


6. Site Administrator(s) works to ensure that the campus is a place where learning occurs and where students are treated with respect and dignity.

strongly agree           agree             no opinion            disagree            strongly disagree


7. Site Administrator(s) make every effort to keep all staff informed of upcoming events, special announcements or important information.

strongly agree           agree             no opinion            disagree            strongly disagree


8. Site Administrator(s) work to create staff development opportunities, as well as provide access to a knowledgeable and supportive team of DIS (Direct Instructional Services) personnel and support staff. (OT, PT, LSH, Psych, etc…)

strongly agree           agree             no opinion            disagree            strongly disagree


Please list any suggestions you may have for future staff development opportunities.