Evaluating teachers is one of the most important jobs as a school leader, but often it can feel scary, overwhelming and time-consuming for everyone involved. A couple of years into doing observations and evaluations, I began to see this process differently: to ensure a successful school year, I had to make sure my team was ready. How better to do that than evaluations?
The 3rd Grade Reading Law is a hot topic in our state right now and will continue to remain in forefront of educators’ work as we near 2020, when third-grade students need to be proficient in reading on the state test in order to advance.
While that may seem like a long time away, it is imperative that all parents, teachers, school leaders, board members, and school management companies are well informed and know exactly what to do – TODAY!
It happens every year… Thanksgiving Day, my husband and I spend the day with family giving thanks. Friday, some of our family shop and some of our family watch football. Monday, I do most of our holiday shopping online (free shipping is nothing to ignore!). And, Tuesday we are back to the normal – right? Wrong!
In 2012, the 92nd Street Y in New York City held the first National Day of Giving to help focus attention on giving to charities in the wake of the heavily commercialized Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Since then, #GivingTuesday is becoming a tradition many families and organizations are adopting.
If your school does not have a Facebook page yet, you are behind the times. It is an absolute must that each school manage a Facebook page for marketing, branding, fundraising and engagement on all levels. Some schools have been dragging their feet on getting a Facebook page operational thinking it is a fad that will fade away and be taken over by some other form of social media. Although that might be true in the next 5-10 years, the moral of the story is that there is no excuse not to have a Facebook presence for your school NOW.
Selling your goods and services to schools can be a difficult task in itself. Trying to hunt down the school principal or the right individual who can make a purchasing decision is only the beginning of the process. However, changing the buying habits of a school who has history with a previous vendor, consistency in the way they do business, and a method to their madness is a hard hurdle to overcome. So, how can a provider convert a lead to a sale when the consumer is a school?
Friday, October 6, 2017, is a very special day in Michigan – Manufacturing Day. Thousands of students and hundreds of manufacturers across the state and the nation will come together to explore 21st century career opportunities. Middle and high school students will attend site visits, career presentations, participate in hands-on activities, and receive prizes as part of the day’s events. More than 2,000 manufacturing facilities, schools (225,000 students) and professional societies participated last year. Some 215 events were held in Michigan.
Topics: Student Learning
Utilizing a rubric when selecting a new vendor for you school can help with your decision-making process. It provides clear criteria and allows flexibility in establishing importance on various aspects which can create thoughtful conversation amongst staff on whether to choose a vendor for service. The criteria you choose to analyze a specific product or service around is key to guiding additional questions and/or inspiring new approaches. Consider the following criteria before you hire a new vendor at your school!
Topics: School Vendors
When it comes to promoting your school, Facebook is king. And when it comes to Facebook, videos are king. There’s no better way to reach current and prospective parents than through Facebook, and there’s nothing on Facebook that’s more effective or engaging than a video.
The moral of the story? You need to put more videos about your school on Facebook. Duh.
As the start of the new school year approaches, your goal should be to post at least one video every week about your school. What kind of videos? Anything interesting that’s going on at your school – anything that showcases your students, your curriculum, your innovation or your mission.
And here's the best part – it's a whole lot easier than you think. If you’ve got a smartphone in your pocket, you’ve got everything you need.