Back to School Toolkit

NAESP Back to School

A message from NAESP Executive Director L. Earl Franks, Ed.D. CAE

A new school year brings new opportunities to leverage the hope and excitement of providing students a well-rounded and complete education. Use the resources in this Back-to-School portal to guide your interactions with students, staff, and families at the start of the year. You will find information to share such as fact sheets, sample social media and blog posts, as well as resources on topics such as attendance, home visits, and connected leadership. Early career principals will find this information especially useful.

Support for Teachers

NAESP and are teaming up to help principals support their teachers get projects funded on The partnership includes a Principal Toolkit, exclusive content for NAESP members on, and a contest that includes a drawing* for three $5,000 giftcards for NAESP members to fund projects at their schools.

  • Toolkit: The Principal Toolkit includes strategies and tips on how best to use crowdfunding to reliably get funding for your school and teachers to get the additional materials and supplies that help students thrive.
  • Website: has created a site exclusive to NAESP members, at
  • Contest: NAESP Members: Encourage your teachers to post projects on from Aug. 13 – 31.
    • If five or more teachers at your school create a project during this timeframe, you’ll be entered into a drawing* to receive one of three $5,000 giftcards to help you fund projects at your school.

*To be eligible for the drawing, teachers should include the keyword “NAESP” in their About Your Project essays, such as “I teach at an NAESP-member school,” or include at the bottom of the essay “Reference ID: NAESP.”

Improve Attendance

High attendance rates among students lead to success in schools. It’s never too early start communicating with parents and students about the benefits of regular attendance, which can lead to better reading skills, higher standardized test scores, improved high school graduation rates, and higher likelihood of attending college. Here are a couple of resources to help:

Teacher attendance is just as important as making sure students come to class. This article looks at ways to ensure regular teacher attendance.

Student Leadership

Start the year off with student leadership in mind by bolstering student skills, such as leadership, civic responsibility, and organization and planning, outside of the academic curriculum.

  • Student Council: Build the next generation of leaders by establishing a chapter of the American Student Council Association (ASCA) at your school. All students in the school benefit from school spirit events, fundraisers, and community engagement. NAESP members receive a $25 discount for a year’s membership. Find out more at
  • Afterschool: Afterschool programs offer vast opportunities to provide time for academic enrichment and recreational activities that children enjoy and learn from. Use this Responsibility Checklist for the Principal and Afterschool Program Coordinator to plan this year’s program. Here are nine tools to help lead afterschool learning communities.

Professional Learning

Professional growth is a continuous process, but the beginning of the school year is always a good time to look for ways to improve your practice and your school. Check out these professional learning resources from NAESP for some inspiration:

Back-to-school articles:

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