Thank You Principals!

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October is National Principals Month and we’d like to take a moment to say thank you for all the amazing work you do for your school communities! This month’s resources are designed to encourage and inspire you as you inspire and motivate your students and staff.  


The Step Up For Students and Great Minds Knowledge Summit is a one-and-a-half-day in-person event. Hosted by industry-leading researchers and subject matter experts, the summit will help you discover the importance of using a knowledge-building curriculum. You’ll hear from keynote speakers, choose from over 15 different 60-minute sessions, network with educators from other schools in your area, and have a chance to win some exciting prizes! 

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Don’t Let Parent Teacher Conferences Scare You!

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October is known to be a month full of scares, but parent teacher conferences shouldn’t cause you any fear! This month we’ve put together resources to help you tackle your upcoming conferences with ease. Check out the tips below for both in-person and virtual conferences!

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Formative or Summative? That is the Question.

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Students are back in their seats and inevitably they will take assessments.  The type of assessment is completely up to you as their teacher. So, what will it be: formative or summative? Such goes the age-old question. When people think assessment, they tend to think scantrons and number 2 pencils, but this is not always the case as this topic has evolved in recent years as well as teachers’ reasons for assessing.

Formative assessments provide both students and teachers with the information they need to improve the learning process right now. This is an ongoing assessment that may or may not be graded.  This assessment is seen more as an opportunity to examine the results and use those to inform instruction in the classroom right away. You might give a quiz and realize that more than half of your class has not captured the concept, so instead of trudging forward, you reteach and reassess.  Being able to push the pause button on moving forward with a new concept and making sure they truly grasped the first concept is exactly what formative assessments are about.

Examples of formative assessments include:
• Quizzes
• Lesson exit tickets
• Classroom polls
• A written summary of a lesson

Summative assessments aim to evaluate student learning and achievement and is generally administered at the end of a unit or course. Summative assessments occur only a few times over the academic year and always yield a specific point value. Because they are broader in scope and measure learning over a longer period, they tend to have higher stakes.  Remember that this assessment provides a snapshot of how students are performing at a particular point in time.

Examples of summative assessments include:
• End of term or midterm exams
• End of unit or chapter tests
• Cumulative work such as a creative portfolio or final project
• State exams

Both formative and summative assessments collect useful, important information.  However, in the end, it is what you do with the assessments that make it either or. Getting state exam results and putting them in a data binder makes them just results.  It is the actions you take with the information that determine their true use.

Need some tips on how to prevent School Leader burnout? See our highlights below or click here to read the full article.

  1. Have a regular routine of self-care.

Regular time outdoors, a spiritual practice, or a gratitude journal are all research-proven ways to help leaders prevent a downwards slides towards burnout.

  1. Learn to regularly unplug from your devices.

Taking one night off a week is a small price to pay for continued energy and it’s also great modeling and permission for your team so they don’t get burned out as well!

  1. Become more discerning about the work you take on (when possible) and learn to clearly communicate what you can and cannot realistically handle.

Notice if your energy is being diverted to worries or other negative thought patterns and then take action to adopt a more productive mindset.

  1. Become aware of the signs of burnout, especially in terms of its onset and progression.

If a leader learns the signs of burnout and checks in with themselves every month or so, they can catch it much earlier. 

The Power of Pre-Assessment

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Welcome back to a new and exciting school year! We know many of your students have come to you at very different levels of readiness this year. This makes differentiation in the classroom that much more important. This month’s post focuses on pre-assessment strategies that will help you gauge student readiness before you begin a new unit!

What is Pre-Assessment?


  • Determines what students may know and understand about the content you are presenting.
  • Should be used regularly, usually at the beginning of each new unit or topic.
  • Can be used to determine flexible groups.
  • Shows students’ readiness level.
  • Shows growth and is easy to incorporate into your lessons!

Click here for a free downloadable list of pre-assessment options!

For more information on differentiated instruction, consider reading: How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms, by Carol Tomlinson.

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Faculty Meetings Worth Attending

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With the first day of school right around the corner, we know your teachers are back in action and so too is the time-honored tradition of the faculty meeting. This month, we hope to give you some resources to help you get the most out of your faculty meetings and start the year off on the right foot.

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Resources for a Successful New School Year

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It’s that time of year again! In just a matter of weeks we will be welcoming students back into our classrooms for a new and exciting year. We’ve included some excellent back to school resources that are sure to inspire you and help you plan for a fantastic year!

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Planning for a Successful New School Year

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After you have taken some well-deserved time to relax this summer, we know you will be eager to jump into planning for next year. This month’s post is full of excellent “Back to School” planning resources for you and for your teachers!

Choose a School-Wide Theme

  • Start the new year on a positive and uplifting note by creating a theme for your school this year. Use this printable guide to help you decide what theme would best fit the needs of your school community this year. You could even consider recruiting your older students to help choose the theme!

Beginning of the School Year Checklist

Planning for Success with Teachers

  • Provide this free printable planning document to your teachers before school starts to get an idea of everyone’s hopes and fears for the new year. It’s also a great way to get to know your teachers!

Have you heard about Dual-Enrollment?

  • Click here to learn about the new opportunities for private school and homeschool students to receive college course credits this fall!

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Classroom Organization Hacks to Keep You Sane

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We know it’s only July and schools don’t open for another month or so, but back to school season is already gearing up. Most major retailers are already pushing school supplies and uniforms.  And while most teachers are dreaming up new themes and décor, we want you to prepare to put organizational systems in place that will last you all year long.  Well thought out classroom organization can go a long way to reducing chaos and stress while keeping everyone working effectively and efficiently.
Here are some of our favorite classroom hacks to stay organized all year:
Student Display Space
  • For this hack from, use laminated colored paper and a clothespin to create a special space to display student work all year. Students will love having an honored place to show off their hard work.
Color Code Classroom Technology
  • Color code your technology with this hack from Prodigy. Use colored tabs to help students find the right spot for the device and the matching cable!


Say Goodbye to Glue Sticks
  • Make glue sponges. All you need is glue, a sponge, and a small Tupperware container. This hack found on will save you so many glue sticks!
Dry Erase Dots
  • Use dry erase dots on your group table. Save yourself the trouble of getting out the dry erase boards and storing them all year. Create a dry erase board right on the table with this hack from
AWOL Binder
  • Create an “AWOL” binder (Absent Work Organizational Log) with this hack from WeAreTeachers. Use this binder to keep track of what was done in class each day as well as any assignments that are due. Be sure to insert any handouts or other assignments.


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Resources to Help You Reflect on a Challenging Year

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We know many of you rose to the challenge this year and overcame great odds to provide your students with the support they needed to learn and thrive. Now that the school year is coming to a close, it’s time for you to take a quiet moment to yourself to reflect on an unprecedented year. We hope the resources below can help you not only wrap up the year, but also reflect on your successes and your opportunities for growth. Congratulations, you made it!
    • The Year in Review: Grab some coffee and your favorite pen. Print this document and take some time to process this year and plan for next year!
    • End of Year Checklist: Download and edit this document to provide to teachers as they close out the year.
    • Classroom Inventory : Allow teachers to use this document to ensure the inventory in each classroom is accounted for.
    • Summer Admin Checklist by Month: Use this general checklist to help you stay on track this summer!

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You Made It! It’s Time to Reflect on an Unprecedented Year

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Congratulations! You made it through an unprecedented year. This month’s resources are here to help you reflect and refresh. Take a moment to celebrate your success and reflect on all the challenges that you overcame. Explore all the free professional development options for summer learning and growth below!

Take a Moment to Reflect

Download and print our free “Year in Review” document to reflect on a year like no other! This document will help you process the challenges and shift your focus to a new and brighter year to come!

Explore Opportunities to Learn and Grow Over the Summer
  • Coursera – Join for free and access free courses from Yale, Johns Hopkins, and other major universities! Topics include Race and Cultural Diversity, Social & Emotional skills, etc.
  • Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance) – Explore the library of webinars and self-guided learning.
  • Learner’s Edge – View these free previously recorded webinars with options for completion certificates after viewing.
  • Sanford Inspire – These are not just webinars. Dive into more than 70 free professional development courses with end of course assessment credits.
  • Facing History – Gain new perspectives and add more tools to your teaching toolbox with Facing History’s online seminars and workshops.
  • TeacherFirst Workshops – Live, free, and interactive. If you’re looking for a more hands-on professional development option, TeachersFirst might be just what you are looking for!
  • Edweb – Check out these free educational webinars on a wide range of topics.

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