Wellesley Public Schools
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Superintendent’s Bulletin

October 9, 2015Colleagues,For several years now, we have continued to expand our growth mindset work throughout the district.  I’m often heartened to hear students, teachers, and even parents talk about the importance of recognizing effort in both schools and at home.  Reading a recent Education Week commentary by Carol Dweck (9/23), I was struck by some of the popular misconceptions about growth mindset, which I think are important to note here in Wellesley.  According to Dweck, the most common misperception is equating growth mindset work with effort alone.  She counsels, “Students need to try new strategies and seek input from others when they are stuck.  They need this repertoire of approaches –not just sheer effort—to learn and improve.”  Dweck also cautions against praising student effort when they are not learning to simply make them feel good. Instead, she advises that teachers can appreciate student work, but continue to press with statements such as, “Let’s talk about what you’ve tried, and what you can try next.”Finally, and perhaps most important, Dweck notes with irony that growth mindset work could actually be used as a rationale to mask significant learning deficiencies: “Recently, someone asked what keeps me up at night.  It’s the fear that the mindset concepts, which grew up to counter the failed self-esteem movement, will be used to perpetuate that movement.  In other words, if you want to make students feel good, even if they’re not learning, just praise their effort!  Want to hide learning gaps from them?  Just tell them, ‘Everyone is smart!’ The growth mindset was intended to help close achievement gaps, not hide them.  It is about telling the truth about a student’s current achievement and then, together, doing something about it, helping him or her become smarter.” Wise counsel indeed from Carol Dweck!           Thanks to everyone for the important work you do in our classrooms each day and enjoy the long holiday weekend!    Best regards,David​

10/14/15 – Lane Change 101 Session – 3:15 pm – Superintendent’s Conference Room – See Info Below
10/14/15 – Deadline for WEF Fall Grant Applications (see below)
10/14/15 – Hardy, Hunnewell, Upham Facilities Recommendation Community Forum 
10/20/15 – School Committee Meeting – 7 pm  – Town Hall
10/21/15 – School Committee Working Meeting – 8:30 am – Superintendent’s Conference Room
10/30/15 – Deadline for PD Day Proposals
11/1/15 –   Deadline for Submission of Salary Lane Change Letters of Intent (see below)
11/9/15 –   School Committee Meeting – 7 pm, Town Hall
11/12/15 – The Forum: A conversation on Girls and Stress – 7 pm – Dana Hall School
11/17/15 – School Committee Meeting – 7 pm Town Hall

PD DAY IS NOVEMBER 30THWe are seeking proposals for 10-minute presentations that will provide a glimpse of your practice related to one of the following areas:

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Differentiated Instruction

Presenters will repeat their presentation twice during the day, for audiences of no more than 20 colleagues at a time. Ten minutes of Q&A/discussion will follow each presentation.Collaboration is encouraged! Present with a colleague.  Presenters receive 10 PDPs.Submit a ProposalProposal deadline: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30THThe Forum:  A Conversation on Girls and Stress
Thursday, November 12, 7 – 8:30 pm
Dana Hall School, Wellesley
The Forum at Dana Hall School is a symposium series designed to examine a topic of particular relevance to girls and girls education.  The first symposium will focus on adolescent girls and stress.  Click here for additional information and the list of participating panelists.
Wellesley Education Foundation Fall Grant Applications Due October 14, 2015 

Fall is here — and so is the Fall 2015 WEF Grant deadline!  Have a new idea you’d like to try out in the classroom?  Is there a piece of equipment you know would enrich your students’ learning experience but it’s just not in the budget?  Now is the time to start putting together a request for funding from the Wellesley Education Foundation (WEF).  WEF is now accepting grant proposals from all Wellesley Public Schools teachers, administrators and specialists for the fall cycle of grants; the deadline to submit a proposal for this fall is October 14, 2015. There will be another grant cycle in the spring, with an application deadline in March.
This fall marks the roll-out of WEF’s new on-line grant application.  Proposals and administrative signoffs will all be submitted electronically.  Questions can be emailed to Grants@wellesleyeducationfoundation.org     
For more than 25 years, WEF has been providing grants to educators for innovative educational projects at all grade levels. In awarding grants, WEF works closely with school administrators to fund projects that result in richer and deeper learning experiences and have the potential to impact a large number of students in innovative ways. Up to 20% of the WEF grant budget may be allocated to grants at the elementary school level.  Criteria used to determine whether to fund a particular grant include (1) innovativeness, (2) potential to affect a large number of students, and (3) potential for replication by other teachers or classrooms.  Last year, WEF funded more than $200,000 in teacher and administrator requests.  For additional information or to apply, please visit the WEF website

Salary Lane Change 101

Wednesday, October 14, at 3:15 pm
Superintendent’s Conference Room (lower level of Middle School)
​Are you working toward a lane change and have questions about the process? This 30-minute information session will provide an overview of the steps you need to take to change lanes, as well as an orientation to WellesleyPD, the District’s professional development website.  Co-Hosted by Addie Doherty and Chelsea Bailow.  Please click here to RSVP.

Letters of Intent to Change Lanes Due by November 1st
All professional staff  who expect to receive a Master’s degree, M+30, or M+60/Doctorate during the 2016-17 School Year, must send formal notification of intent to change salary lanes to Addie Doherty dohertya@wellesleyps.org, no later than November 1, 2015.  The notification should include:  current lane, proposed lane, and the school year (2016-17) in which you hope to change lanes.  This early notification deadline is required so that provisions for anticipated salary lane changes may be included within the new fiscal year budget.  Please note: The list does not carry forward.  You must provide written notice each year until you have achieved the desired lane change.  
Teachers for Safe SchoolsTeachers for Safe Schools is a group of Wellesley Public School staff that work to consciously create, support and encourage a school climate that is safe professionally and emotionally, and allows for staff of all sexual orientations and gender expressions to be acknowledged and respected.  For more information or questions, please contact Ilene Sharpe, WMS Health and Wellness Teacher or Margaret Flitsch, Sprague Fitness and Health Teacher.  
Professional Development OpportunitiesWellesleyPD

  • Your username for WellesleyPD now matches the format of your WPS gmail address (lastnamefirstinitial).
  • Fall course offerings may be viewed by selecting “Offerings” from the menu on the left side of the screen.
​​WPS Internal Job Postings on District Website

Please be aware that we added a new feature called “Internal Job Postings” under the Faculty tab of the District’s website.  We will post all of our internal jobs under this website tab. Therefore, you will no longer see internal job postings in the bulletin. This new way of posting will allow us to post internal positions any day of the week.
Wellesley Public Schools • Wellesley, Massachusetts www.wellesley.k12.ma.us/district/superintendent David Lussier, Superintendent

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