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Back . Wendell School District #232 Staff Members! . Introduction of New Staff. Positive Interdependence AND Individual Accountability. Mrs. Gay Petersen . School Board Chairperson . The Elephant and the Rider Based on Switch (Heath and Heath 2010). The Elephant and the Rider Analogy.

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Wendell School District #232

Staff Members!

mrs gay petersen

Mrs. Gay Petersen

School Board


the elephant and the rider analogy
The Elephant and the Rider Analogy
  • Our emotional side is the elephant.

-The Elephant must make an emotional connection

because just knowing something isn’t enough to cause


-The elephant must feel something

-Needs clear milestones to celebrate

  • Our rational side is the rider.

-The Rider holds the reins and seems to

be the leader.

-But, the Rider’s control is precarious.

-If the rider and elephant disagree about which direction to go, the Rider will lose.

-Points to the destination and sets clear steps.

to bring about change
To Bring About Change

1. Direct the Rider

-focus on our successes

-Script the critical steps clear and know where you are going!

-Point to the destination

2. Motivate the Elephant

-Make an emotional connection

-Break down the change until it no

longer spooks the elephant.

3. Shape the Path

-Tweak the environment.

-know how to get to the destination.

four day week
Four Day Week
  • Check the school calendar for specifics.
  • Utilize Friday Professional Development Days.
  • Provide Extra Help TSA (The Success Alliance) Days to our students.
  • Break away for our students with our Enrichment Days.
look what s coming to wendell schools
Look what’s coming to Wendell Schools!

Extra Help

On Fridays!!

Apply Today!

qzab qualified zone academy bond
QZABQualified Zone Academy Bond

Where did this idea come From?

Was looking at a Plant Facility Levy

what is a qzab
What is a QZAB
  • Funding set aside by congress for each state.
  • A funding resource with zero interest.
  • Can only be used for renovation, energy, technology, curriculum, professional development, and equipment.
  • Must implement a qualified zone academy for schools benefiting from QZAB.
  • Must provide a 10% match.
  • A 1M -2M bond would provide low tax impact with 0% interest.
plans for the new funding
Plans for the New Funding
  • Renovate/replace roof on high school gym
  • Provide energy efficient HVAC system at high school gym
  • Renovate high school track, stadium, and parking lots
  • Technology/school classroom updates
  • Asphalt parking lots.
idaho core standards perhaps the most challenging change of all
Idaho Core StandardsPerhaps the Most Challenging Change of all!

ELA Shifts (for all teachers)

Math Shifts

Focus strongly where the standards focus

Coherence: think across grades, and link to major topics

Rigor: In major topics, pursue conceptual understanding procedural, skill and fluency, and application

  • Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction
  • Reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational
  • Regular practice with complex text and its academic language
sbac vs isat

Adjustments to instruction becomes essential!

remember the 5 s s by jamie vollmer
Remember the 5 S’s !!!!!By Jamie Vollmer
  • STOP- It is essential to stop any negative comments about our schools in public.
  • SHIFT- This emphasizes the necessity of shifting from the negative to the positive.
  • SHARE- We have so many success stories taking place in each of our schools, so we must share the positive.
  • SUSTAIN- This simply refers to sustaining our positive efforts with the community.
  • START- Start right now!!