Administrators, it’s the start of Spring and a great time to look ahead! Have you taken some time to reflect on your school’s current curriculum? Are you considering a change? This month’s resources aim to help you reflect, explore, and plan for any possible curriculum changes next year!
We know that January marks the time for many school administrators to examine their budgets for next school year. This month’s resources aim to help any new administrators that might struggle with this process and inspire those veteran administrators to find new creative ways to do more with limited resources!
As the holiday break draws near, we know your focus is turning to the new semester ahead. This month’s post contains resources to help you plan a powerful faculty meeting to kick off the New Year! Explore the meeting agenda template, the semester in review activity, and the options for team building exercises linked below. Happy planning!
At the first meeting of a new semester, you will want to keep it simple and inspiring while still helping your faculty set intentions and lay the foundations for a fantastic new year.
This activity is designed to help your teachers reflect on the first semester in key areas that impact student learning and growth. The third page will be turned into you the administrator to give you insights into the goals and needs of your staff. Encourage teachers to discuss their answers!
Featured Team Building Activity: Making Sure Every Child is Known- This team building activity is a perfect start to the new year as it requires teachers to reflect on their current relationships with students and set intentions as a school for the semester ahead. All you need is a list of students and chart paper or a dry erase board. Watch the video from Edutopia of this activity in action!
Resource Alert! Have you heard about Algebra Nation?
Accessible anywhere and anytime, Algebra Nation offers an individualized approach to teaching and learning Middle Grades Math, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2.
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Check out this technology grant,Computers for Learning, to see if you qualify to receive free previously used devices.
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Have you heard of EVERFI? Step Up for Students is excited to share our continued partnership to bring EVERFI’s digital learning platform to your school at NO COST. These free courses are student-paced, grade themselves and come with supplemental lesson plans.
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October is National Principals Month! This month, we wanted to provide you with resources to help you learn and grow as an administrator. Explore the webinars, inspirational articles, and resources linked below. Thank you for all that you do to support your schools! #ThankAPrincipal
No matter what area of school improvement you are trying to impact, the Office of Student Learning has tools and ideas to help you get started! Check out our padlet full of free resources, guides, templates, and checklists for topics like school improvement, fundraising, compliance, safety, achievement testing, and so much more! Click here to explore the resources.
Professional Development Resources to Sharpen Your Saw
As administrators, sometimes we spend so much time and effort on professional learning for teachers, that we forget the importance of sharpening our own saws! Explore these free webinars and online learning options unique to administrators.
Check out these other exciting free resources for your school!
Reading Eggs through Edmentum: Looking for support for your struggling readers aged 2-13? Reading Eggs is an award-winning program that uses games to engage students in learning to read. Reading Eggs is offering a FREE 4-week trial through October 31st.
Book It!:BOOK IT!motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition and pizza from Pizza Hut. The program is simple, flexible, fun and free to use in your classroom! BOOK IT! was created in 1984 and currently reaches more than 14 million students and 37,000 K-6 grade schools annually.
Lead4change:Lead4Changeis a FREE leadership program where students identify and use their leadership skills by doing a service project. The ready to use lesson plans will take you through the steps of leadership and service. All resources are available to registered members for free.
One of the most important priorities for the new school year is fostering a positive school and staff culture. This month’s resources will support your efforts to plan effective faculty meetings, build positive school culture, and schedule meaningful professional learning.
Make it a point to create a positive and supportive environment for students from day one. Watch how one school used a faculty meeting to discuss their impact on every single student. This is a powerful exercise! Watch the video here. Read about the exercise here.
It’s always a good idea to reflect on the year. Read responses from other principals reflecting on the successes and challenges of their school year in this article from EducationWorld. How successful was your school in these same areas?
The Office of Student Learning has partnered with BloomBoard in our Choice Leader of Excellence Certification Program that is aligned to the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and delivered in Micro-credential online format. By earning the Choice Leader of Excellence certification, school leaders build leadership capacity, gain statewide recognition, be better positioned to increase enrollment, and attract high-quality staff to their school. To learn more about this program click here.
We know that May is a busy month for administrators. This month’s post aims to provide resources for your end of the year responsibilities!
Use Spring assessment data to plan for new school year. Remember it is important to share the Spring assessment results with students to increase motivation and student accountability!
Check out this article from NWEA on how to use your Spring assessment data to reflect and do some end of the year planning.
Planning for the Future:
Connect to organizations that benefit private schools & explore resources on accreditation.
Why should I care about accreditation? School accreditation is often considered the cornerstone of the educational quality control process. It provides documentation that your school has met the standards of quality established as best practice within the private school community and allows your school to stay independent while also acknowledging that you are open to a higher level of accountability. While accreditation is voluntary, it does show a greater degree of transparency to all stakeholders and everyone who has an interest in the school in any capacity.
Does your school have a special project or need that just isn’t in the budget right now? Consider exploring the world of education grants. This month’s post includes resources for finding appropriate grants and writing excellent grant applications!
In March, administrators often begin to take notice of the hiring needs for the next school year. The process of finding new quality teachers can prove to be quite a trying journey. This begs the question, what can school leaders do to both find new quality teachers, and keep the excellent educators already working in their schools? This month’s resources are devoted to both pieces of this challenging question.
Keeping Excellent Teachers:
Teacher retention is often one of the biggest hurdles facing administrators. Aside from higher salaries (often something budget restrictions won’t allow), here are the four research based areas that influence teacher retention.
Build a Positive School Culture- Live your school’s vision & mission. Encourage learning and growth for both students and teachers. Make communication a priority. Be present. Celebrate the successes of your staff!
Create a Supportive Community Environment- Focus on creating a community of continual learning and quality instruction. Involve families and the community. Provide opportunities for collaboration & create a structure of support and open dialogue.
Provide Opportunities for Learning & Development- According to a recent studyabout Millennials in the workforce, a large number Millennial workers said that learning and development was the most important benefit when choosing a job (second only to healthcare). Continued learning is important to today’s teachers!
Establish a Mentoring Program- Mentoring builds community and benefits not only new teachers, but veteran teachers as well. Encourage mentor partners to meet regularly and share ideas & feedback.
For more information and research on keeping quality teachers, check out these articles: