Looking Back: Milestones & Celebrations

The conclusion of the calendar year is an excellent time to reflect on your district’s journey and the accomplishments of students and staff. As the days pass and challenges surface throughout the year, celebrations and accomplishments can easily fade from memory. This post is dedicated to providing one last look at some of the milestones and celebrations that occurred in the life of the St. Joseph School District in 2017.

Fundamental Dynamics of Successful Teams

Being part of a highly effective team can be a rewarding experience. The study of group dynamics and team effectiveness has been a popular topic over the past few years. Companies such as Google have invested significant time and energy into understanding how effective teams build trust and interact internally. While the basics of effective teamwork may seem intuitive to many, there is often an implementation gap preventing teams from realizing their full potential.

Safe & Healthy Schools: A Reflection

On October 11, Jeffrey R. Sprague, Ph.D. gave a keynote at the fall conference for the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders. Dr. Sprague is a Professor of Special Education and the Director of the University of Oregon Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon. During his keynote Dr. Sprague discussed the history of school violence, the origin of PBIS, bullying, and emerging trends in public health and prevention. Among his current interests is the study of teacher well-being and looking for ways to combat depression among school personnel.