Staff members from our four elementary schools, along with Central Office staff, had the opportunity to participate in a one-hour webinar offered by Primary Source this week focused on Cross-Cultural Communication. This focus is part of a broader plan the district is working on to increase our collective understanding of cultural differences.
One of the major focal points of the webinar was Geert Hofstede’s Dimensions of national culture. The brief description below explains Hofstede’s Dimensions:
Professor Geert Hofstede conducted one of the most comprehensive studies of how values in the workplace are influenced by culture. He defines culture as “the collective programming of the mind distinguishing the members of one group or category of people from others”.
Staff also had an opportunity to reflect on the impact of communication styles from various cultures, as well as body language (i.e. proximity, eye contact). The hour webinar provided opportunities for both new learning and reinforcement of prior learning for staff.
We look forward to continued opportunities to discuss, share, and reflect upon this important topic with staff members throughout the district as we move forward.
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We are fortunate to have added two new Assistant Principals at the elementary level this year. David Rosenblatt is our new AP at Memorial School and Darryl Doiron has joined the team at Francis Wyman.
Please check out the brief introductions that appeared recently on the Memorial and Francis Wyman school blogs.
David Rosenblatt is a graduate of UMass-Boston with a Bachelor degree in Political Science and from Lesley University with a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. In 2015, he completed the Northeast Consortium Leadership Academy through Fitchburg State College. David holds Elementary Education licensure (1-6) and Principal/Assistant Principal licensure (Prek-6 and 5-8).
David has been an elementary school teacher since 2007. He was a teacher in Melrose for four years and then worked in Malden for the last five years. David has taught grades 1, 3, 4, and 5. In addition to being a classroom teacher, David has worked extensively creating and writing Understanding by Design elementary level units and aligning curriculum to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. He also served as a Humanities curriculum support leader in which he served as a liaison between administrators and staff to maximize instructional achievement.
Mr. Doiron is our new Assistant Principal at Francis Wyman and he is looking forward to the energy and excitement that comes along with working in an elementary school. He previously taught in Lowell for several years and has also been an Assistant Principal in Hampstead, NH for the past 2 years. His teaching and administrative experience, along with his calm demeanor and easy smile, will be a great addition to our talented Francis Wyman team.