Does your school push PLCs? Do talk about data a lot? Do teachers do walkthroughs or observe mentors? If so, there is already a supportive culture for exactly what you are asking. You just have to make sure they hear it in their terms.
Explain that these contests are a great way for you to collect data and to calibrate your assessments by selecting better literature for your students. You could also talk about the value establishing a comparative baseline for individual student achievement. It also provides you access to observe instructional strategies and best practices in the sight-reading room.
These should all be things that every admin wants their teachers to be able to do. Explain that you do not have the opportunity to do this within your campus, and that this would be an excellent learning experience for you that will directly impact instruction in your classroom.
That ought to be enough admin buzz words to get them in your corner. If you could come up with a plan that would mitigate class coverage requirements you could pretty much seal the deal. Do you have any teachers that might be willing to cover your classes on their conference?
: Hello wise YB members,
: I would like to have the opportunity to
: attend another regions uil contest but,
: don't want to have to use my personal days
: to go. I'm drafting up an email to my
: principal asking "permission" to
: go on school business. Does anyone happen to
: have this type of email already typed up? I
: have something along the lines of:
: "Good Morning,
: I am sending this email to request
: permission to attend the region # uil band
: contest. This would be an excellent
: opportunity for me to observe many different
: programs and gain ideas of what is happening
: in the schools surrounding our area. Please
: let me know if this is something that will
: be feasible."
: I've never asked for something like this
: before so I'm completely clueless. It also
: doesn't help that one of the days falls
: under inservice and my admin rarely lets
: anyone get out of it...