In a previous post – I’m a New Principal, Here’s My Entry Plan… – I outlined my entry plan for when I became the Elementary Principal of T. Baldwin Demarest Elementary School (TBD) in the Old Tappan School District, about five months ago on January 15.
For easy reference, here’s a very brief rundown of the entry plan’s components:
- One-On-One Voluntary Interviews with Teachers and Staff
- Meetings to Learn About Core Subject Areas
- Student Meeting(s)
- Parent Meetings
- Questions for Superintendent
- Digital Communication
Now, here’s a look at how I formally followed up on my entry plan at a Faculty Meeting on May 21.
Prior to the meeting, teachers were sent a Google doc, divided into three sections: Entry Plan Overview, Entry Plan Results Summary, Entry Plan Activity.
Entry Plan Overview
To remind teachers what the entry plan involved, this section outlined the plan in very much the same way as the previously mentioned blog post. Everyone was encouraged to look at this on their own time.
Entry Plan Results Summary
Here I included the results from the student meeting and parent meetings. More or less, the teachers received a cleaned up version of my notes. To preserve confidentiality, I didn’t include what I learned from the teacher and staff interviews (more on this in the next section). Once again, everyone was encouraged to look at this on their own time.
Entry Plan Activity
This activity encompassed the entire Faculty Meeting. Here are the activity’s directions, verbatim: