At the core of charter schools is a strategy—a strategy that allows innovators to try new things that get results for kids within the public education landscape. Innovations that are successful can be replicated, grow, and flourish. Those that are not can be kept small, and, if improvement is not shown, eliminated.
Topics: Charter School
Take a look at your school schedule-are there any instances in which teachers are expected to work for more than 2 hours without a break? My guess is that it’s pretty typical-especially in schools that are already understaffed. Research has shown that people who take frequent breaks (anywhere from 5-30 minutes) after periods of working (anywhere from 25-90 minutes) are more productive. One study says that people hit their peak by working for 52 minutes and taking a 17-minute break.
In today’s digital world, research continues to demonstrate that Facebook is the preferred word-of-mouth marketing tool for parents, teachers, students and businesses alike - this makes it the perfect place to market your charter school to prospective families. But are you employing the right tactics, or are your methods falling flat?
By the time June rolls around, most educators are sprinting toward the light at the end of the tunnel: the one, the only, hard-earned and highly-coveted summer break. After nine months of tireless work, they surely deserve it. But it’s hard to talk about summer break without also talking about the elephant in the room: the dreaded “summer slide.”
Topics: Summer Loss
Effective board meetings are the foundation for high-performing boards. They are essential to great governance, strong leadership, and achieving better academic outcomes. On the other hand, bad meetings easily become a source of frustration for board members and school leaders while having an adverse impact on the school.
As an occupational therapist in the school setting, it can be a challenge to find meaningful and purposeful activities to develop the skills necessary that support appropriate and successful engagement in the academic domain. As therapists, we tend to focus on deficits that involve fine motor and visual perceptual skills such as handwriting. We address handwriting during a treatment, but finding ways to facilitate growth in these skill areas supports further development through other additional sensory systems and kinesthesia.
In many cases, teachers are hired and put in a classroom (sometimes just days or hours before the first day of school!) and are expected to make the magic happen. If s/he can’t, it is assumed that the teacher has some major deficit. Most times, this assumption is incorrect and reflects unrealistic expectations of what a degree in education or certification actually prepares one for.
As a school leader, you know you need to be thinking about school culture. But what is it? It’s easier described than defined. What everyone can describe is how critical school culture is to a school’s success. All too often, the magnitude of school culture is taken for granted and schools suffer. The term school culture generally refers to the beliefs, perceptions, relationships, attitudes, and written and unwritten rules that shape and influence every aspect of how a school functions.
As the shortage of talent continues to hit schools hard, both for leadership and teachers, it may be time for schools to begin thinking about how Michigan’s approved alternative routes to certification can help to overcome this obstacle.
School safety is one of the top factors parents consider when deciding where to enroll their child for school. School safety covers many facets in every day school life from bullying and harassment to parents arguing in the parent pick-up line on who was there first to parents not being notified of their child’s whereabouts.
Your school may already consider itself safe, but school safety is not a destination you arrive at. School safety is an active, proactive process of reducing the risks inside and outside your school, including the drop off in the morning and the pick-up after school.