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: