Forest Hills Admin Team (DITH)

Top Row L to R-Megan Stacey, Dan Hamilton, Michele Sulfsted
Middle Row L to R-Katie Huber, Connie Lippowitsch, Scott Gates
Bottom Row L to R-Bob Buck, Connie West, Becky Johnson

Connie West
I am the Elementary Programs Coordinator for FHSD. I hope to be able to expand my knowledge of Web 2.0 tools and applications so that I can use them to enhance my own professional work, as well as deepen my understanding of how teachers in the district are applying those tools in their classrooms.
I also hope to be able to learn more about effective ways and means of leading, scaling up and managing professional growth and development for educators who are at varying stages in their own career paths.

Dan Hamilton
I'm currently serving in my fifth year as the principal at Sherwood Elementary School. I'm looking forward to networking with professionals from all over and hearing how they are incorporating their learning into the schools and classrooms. Applying all of these wonderful Web 2.0 tools to my work will be exciting but I'm really looking forward to "moving to the edge" and seeing what I can bring back!

Megan Stacey
I am serving as an assistant principal at Wilson Elementary. As I venture into my first year as an administrator, I hope the PLP experience will enable me to promote 21st century experiences in the classrooms. While supporting teacher professional development, I also aspire to grow my own professional learning network as well as share my learning with others.

Connie Lippowitsch
As always, others say things so much more eloquently than I ever could. Here are some thoughts on what I think this PLP experience will mean to me:

Those who do nothing are never wrong.' Theodore de Bouville
Courage is the first of human virtues because it makes all others possible.' Aristotle

Being on tightrope is living; everything else is waiting.' Karl 'The Great' Wallenda
It is today we must create the world of the future.' Eleanor Roosevelt

'If you can change your mind, you can change the world.' Joey Reimer Creativity Guru

'New frameworks are like climbing a mountain - the larger view encompasses rather than rejects the more restricted view.' Einstein

After many, many, years in education my goal is still to empower learners to explore, apply, create, evaluate, and adapt. This year I plan to learn and lead so that other learners in my district are able to do the same.

Scott Gates
I am the principal of Mercer Elementary. This is my 6th year at Mercer and 12th in administration. I am very excited to continue my professional growth in the 21st century. My personal goal for this adventure is to increase my knowledge of web 2.0 tools and the connection to student learning and teacher teaching. I also want to see how this supports the leadership in the district.

Michele Sulfsted
I am the assistant principal at Summit Elementary. This is my 6th year at Summit, and 20th year in education. I am looking forward to utilizing more 21st century leadership skills to help both staff and students in my building. I want to be able to integrate all of the tools with our district goals and vision. I'm looking forward to global networking to learn new ideas!

Rebecca Johnson

I am the Coordinator of Special Education for Forest Hills. This is my third year in Forest Hills. I have worked as an administrator in special education for over 10 years. Prior to becoming an administrator I was a speech and language pathologist. I am looking forward to learning new ways to utilize technology to support our special education students and staff.

Team Assumptions

Everyone participates
Relaxed atmosphere
Fun but powerful
Collaborative effort
All contribute equally
Capitalize on our strengths
Fun but powerful (high yield)
Linked to Big Rocks (RTI and elementary curriculum framework)
Meet monthly at least
Respect different levels of learning
Celebrate successes even if they are small
Will experience frustration
Project will be the best

Action Research Project - Template

We want to be able to share and post your Action Research Projects on the PLP website so that others may learn from you. We want to brag on you! We will be making web pages from these projects, so to make the projects a little more uniform and easier to flip through we are asking that you fill out this form. Don't worry - it's not nearly as daunting as it looks. This is meant to be a snapshot of your project with artifacts and links should a reader wish to dig deeper into your research.

For your convenience we have copied and pasted this information into your school's team page. Please delete the directions that are *in asterisks* once you are finished.

Team Name
On the Rocks
Team members
Connie Lippowistch, Connie West, Scott Gates, Megan Stacey, Becky Johnson, Michele Sulfsted, Katie Huber, Dan Hamilton
Forest Hills Administrators (Elem. Principals/APs, Crriculum Coordinators, Special Education Coordinator)
*A four- to six-sentence description of the project.*
Problem, Issue, or Possibility
*Please include the context surrounding the project - what you planned to innovate around.*
Objectives and Assessment
*Explain what you wanted to see happen (outcomes) and then evidence the team did or didn't achieve those outcomes. What were/are your aimed outcomes for the project? And how will you know you've been successful in implementation?*
Implementation Plan
*Please include the timeline for the project. This can be a bulleted list.*
Evaluation and Results
*Please include lessons learned and takeaways. How did it turn out? Where are you now in the project?*
Artifacts and Documentation
*Please share any and all materials developed throughout the project. Artifacts can include videos, meeting notes, surveys used, presentations, pictures, supporting documents, URLs, slide sets, etc.*