Start off Strong

Rethink your back-to-school professional learning event.

Topics: Professional Development, Teacher Effectiveness

Many leaders start with a goal to inspire their staff at the beginning of the school year, but there is nothing more uninspiring for teachers than walking into a daylong PowerPoint-driven staff meeting the first day after summer break. Reviewing data, rules, and regulations is necessary, but it’s not the highest priority as teachers come back to school.

Instead, maximize the moment to achieve school and student goals when you have the full attention of the entire staff. Plan special activities that provide motivation, engagement, and fun to start the year in a positive and uplifting manner.