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Trust with Gregory Leavitt Transformative Principal 066: Mr. Gregory Leavitt is the principal of Draper Park Middle School in Draper, UT. Draper Park has experienced some great success recently as a top-scoring school in the state in Math, ELA, and Science. He was the 2013 Canyons District Administrator of...

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Mr. Gregory Leavitt is the principal of Draper Park Middle School in Draper, UT. Draper Park has experienced some great success recently as a top-scoring school in the state in Math, ELA, and Science. He was the 2013 Canyons District Administrator of the Year Award Winner.
In this episode we talk about the following:
Cross Curricular Teaming and PLCs.

Agenda consists of activities, common vocabulary, student problem solving, and team activities and celebrations
Vocabulary is a powerful way to connect content areas.
How he reviews all 9 PLC teams’ notes.
Consistency as key to long-term success.
How they use a Friday late start collaboration time.

Subject Area Teaming and PLCs

Large focus on data
Common Formative Assessments
Bringing everybody up, instead of comparing for comparison sake.
Easy to take big end-of-year test when you are assessing for mastery to the standards all throughout the year.
No need for a big push at the end.
Nothing fancy, just some Google Docs that are shared between the team.

Standards-Based Grading

100% of grades are based on assessments, what the kids can actually demonstrate as mastery.
Rick Wormeli - “Fair Isn’t Always Equal”
Objective Tracker, student-reported grades, and success.

How you can be a transformative principal:
Pick one thing that you can sustain for the next 5–7 years and stick with it.
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