Matt Webster

Assistant Superintendent

In his 17th year in education, Matt currently serves Schoolcraft Community Schools as the Assistant Superintendent/Elementary Principal.  Matt’s experience began as an elementary teacher and then principal in Huntley, Illinois.  It was there that he and his colleagues developed N.O.W. Academy and helped turn the district’s lowest performing elementary school into the top in three years.

Since arriving in Schoolcraft, Michigan eight years ago, Matt has helped Kalamazoo County with the development of the Southwest Michigan Principals Network for Elementary Principals and Teachstock (an Edcamp like experience for Kalamazoo County K-8 Educators).

Matt’s passions include school culture at SES (“world class” as measured by HumanEx) and, more recently, new school design as Schoolcraft wraps up their bond project and excitedly awaits the opening of their new K-6 Elementary School in 2023/2024.  Matt is also a doctoral candidate at Western Michigan University.

Matt lives in Portage with his wife and two children.

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Day 2
January 19, 2023
10:30 am

Using Our "Why" to Improve School Culture

19 January
Time:  10:30 am - 11:45 am
Location:  Glens II (Lower Level)

Looking for a low-cost solution to provide regular staff recognition that has an instant impact on staff morale and district culture? Want to spread kindness and positivity with all staff members engaged?

This session will walk participants through how to engage their staff in defining their collective why and build a robust system for peer recognition around the exercise. Participants will have the opportunity to hear about three leaders' implementation of Golden Circle Awards and the positive impact it has had on staff morale and employees' sense of mission in our field. Participants will walk away with tools, resources, and a blueprint for success.

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