As an administrator, there’s a lot riding on your shoulders, but our back-to-school guide can help you!
- Prepare well in advance
- Being a new faculty member, especially as an administrator, can be tough, but having everything ready and planned out early on will be the best way to deal with any bumps in the road.
- School community building
- Think of a professional development event where all staff can get familiar with each other, introduce themselves and experience a supportive environment. Share your school’s beliefs, views, values and rituals to get everyone on the same page moving forward. Help foster an environment of professionalism, respect and collaboration from the get-go by setting a positive, motivating and supportive tone. Set up a time to meet with each department individually and work on creating strong relationships. Stay consistent with regular staff meetings to be in the loop and address any issues early on.
- Set up your plan for success.
- Whether you’re a new or returning administrator, it’s important to send out an email out to your families well in advance to get them ready for the school year, introducing yourself and giving them an overview of another exciting school year ahead. Here’s the time to Introduce any new faculty members, big news that happened over the summer, any renovations, and announcing this year’s theme.
- Create short and long term goals
- Think of ways to reinforce positive school culture. In terms of short term goals, celebrate successes in staff meetings and school ceremonies and tell stories of accomplishment and collaboration whenever there's an opportunity. As a long term goal, think of ways to nurture your school community, build new relationships, and attract prospective families.
- Think about your current marketing strategy
- Is marketing your school on your radar? If so, are you trying to increase your school’s recognition? Attract potential new students? Reach your current school community? Get in touch with your faculty for volunteers who can create content for your social media channels throughout the year and encourage your teachers to take pictures of their students and classes for marketing purposes. Have a look at your school’s website. Does it look like it needs a redesign? Your school site is usually the first impression prospective families will see of your school, so why not make it one they’ll remember with a sleek, eye-catching design!
The key to starting the year off right is kicking it off with high spirits and keeping it up all year long!