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Sunday, September 21, 2014

School Opening -- Teacher Work Days

On August 25th and 26th, CSDA Staff members met for two days of professional development, staff meetings, and team meetings before our students arrived.

On Monday, our staff first met at the Hollis-Brookline High School for a School Opening address given by our new SAU-41 Superintendent of Schools, Andrew Corey.  Mr. Corey outlined his goals for the year, and established understandings about how we would work together in SAU-41 moving forward.  We then came back to CSDA for a couple of hours for a welcome address by yours truly, then working through a comprehensive agenda of administrative 'nuts and bolts' in preparation for a smooth school opening for students on Wednesday, August 27th.  The teachers then went across town to RMMS for another meeting with Mr. Corey, followed by a special staff luncheon hosted by the Brookline School Board (which was absolutely fantastic!).  In the afternoon, CSDA Staff returned to their home school for a special health presentation by Mrs. Maureen Lorden, our School Nurse.  The balance of the day was spent completing online training modules to satisfy important personnel requirements established by our school district Central Office.

On Tuesday, CSDA Staff engaged in an orientation to 'CSDA 2.0' which involved school vision and goals discussions, and dialogue about the development of a comprehensive school improvement program.  School improvement?  At CSDA?  Yes, even at CSDA -- we can get better after all, yes, we can!  The balance of the morning was spent in professional development training on Mathematics and Literacy with our school's Instructional Leaders.  After lunch, teams met for a collaborative planning session in preparation for a smooth series of days after school opening.

Our meetings and activities on August 25th & 26th were critically important to our preparation efforts which supported a smooth transition to another enormously successful year at the Captain Samuel Douglass Academy.

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