School Spending

Virtual Theme Weeks Can Bring Students and Faculty Together

With most schools and districts shut down for the foreseeable future, many faculty and teachers are struggling to find ways to connect with their students. One idea that keeps popping up on our Principal Life Facebook group is the concept of a virtual theme week.

Schools implement theme weeks as a way to build school spirit … and there’s no reason to stop doing so just because the classrooms have been shifted to distance learning. Instead, just have your theme week go virtual too! Post the themes ahead of time and encourage students (or their parents) to email in images

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Promoting Teacher Attendance, By Encouraging Their Absence

Nearly 30% of teachers are absent for more than 10 days every year. This poses huge issues in a working environment where positions must be filled at all times. The principals in our Principal Life group, who, like you, must locate substitute teachers and manage behavioral issues that balloon when predictable school days are compromised, agree. Why is this happening, how can we reduce that percentage, and how can we go about promoting teacher attendance? The solution might surprise you.

Could encouraging teachers to take mental health days actually promote attendance?

There’s little argument that teachers with a mental illness

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These Family Engagement Tips Are Super Helpful for Schools

It’s March and back-to-school enthusiasm has … shall we say … waned. You might be wondering how to re-engage families you haven’t seen since winter break. Or you might need creative strategies to welcome families who, for whatever reason, weren’t able to participate during the fall semester. 

It’s normal for parent participation to ebb and flow throughout the year, which is why we are loving this free family engagement guide from Bloomz. It’s packed with creative ways to welcome families and make them feel like a valuable part of your school community.

We especially enjoy the list of “21 Programs,

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5 Reasons Why Schools Are Opting for Interactive Projectors

When Tony Spence and the team at Muskego-Norway School District in Wisconsin were building a middle school and upgrading two elementary schools, they spent time trying to decide which type of projection technology to put in classrooms. Along the way, they realized just how far projector technology has come.  

Today’s technology is a far cry from the 1980s overhead projector. Now teachers can display everything from read along texts to maps and engage kids in interactive lessons. The way teachers display lessons makes a difference in what’s possible each day.

In the end, Spence and his team opted for Epson

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