For Immediate Release — July 24, 2018 | Southeast
Jade Fluce: Public Affairs Officer | (571) 372-0604
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA — July 24, 2018 — In preparation for the upcoming school year, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Southeast District hosted its 2018 Summer Leadership Conference at Fort Benning, Georgia, July 9-13.
Nearly 90 principals, assistant principals, administrators, and educators attended the conference. The participants were from schools located at Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Fort Knox, Kentucky; Fort Rucker, Alabama; Fort Stewart, Georgia; Maxwell Air Base, Alabama; and Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina.
“We are ready for the start of another great year of teaching and learning,” said Dr. Judith Minor, the DoDEA Americas Director for Student Excellence. “A lot of meticulous planning and thought was put into designing this leadership conference. We take pride in fulfilling our mission to educate military-connected children to be college and career ready.”
The theme for the conference was “Leading Change: Our Iceberg is Melting” based on the book by John Kotter. The book “Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap: Whatever It Takes” was also used as a conference resource. DoDEA recently rolled-out its 5-year strategic plan, the Blueprint for Continuous Improvement. The Blueprint is the foundation for all DoDEA’s plans and efforts which aligns to the vision of educational excellence. Some of the initial improvements included making changes to the curriculum and also rolling out the new literacy and science standards for pre-kindergarten to fifth grade. These standards progressively build college and career readiness and support our mobile, military-connected students as they move in and out of DoDEA schools.
“We are excited about the new Blueprint,” said Dr. Christy Huddleston, the DoDEA Americas Southeast District Superintendent. “This whole week is fully connected to Blueprint as we address meeting the DoDEA mission and vision as well as leading change.”
The conference focused on incorporating these new changes and best practices into the schools. The Southeast District also partnered with the DoDEA Americas Center for Instructional Leadership (CIL) starting in February to plan, design, and develop the leadership conference. The CIL and district leaders met monthly using the Addie Model to ensure that the school administrators received high quality professional learning.
Throughout the week, administrators analyzed, interpreted, and evaluated how they are leading change in continuous school improvement cycle using focused collaboration, excellence in instruction, and professional learning. This tied in to the Blueprint, which emphasizes the use of accurate and timely analysis of key data as essential to success. The Southeast District worked with Columbus State University’s Leadership Institute to examine different conflict styles to manage change and work on team building activities.
Also, at the conference, Dr. Huddleston shared her expectations for the upcoming year, highlighted success stories, and identified areas of growth.
“This school year we are continuing what we already started,” said Dr. Huddleston. “We are in year three of implementation of DoDEA’s College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS). We are digging deeper and embedding practices to sustain in some areas and implementing new CCRS for literacy and science for pre-kindergarten to fifth grade. Our teachers are embracing this change, our administrators are leading the change, and our students are benefiting from this change. I am proud of all the work everyone is doing and I look forward to an excellent school year.”
DoDEA strives for excellence in education for every student, every day, everywhere.