Category: Staff & Family Engagement

Maya Angelou stated, “People forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people never forget how you made them feel.” Remember this great advice when introducing yourself on your websites and class pages. If pictures are worth a thousand words, videos are worth a thousand pictures. Videos have the ability to convey emotions and feelings in a way that people not only remember, but believe to be true. Especially now, our families and students need reassurance and emotional connections. Tips: Include as many staff members as you can. It shows both parents and staff that you value them all. Have a stable camera by putting it on a table or using a tripod. Use good lighting. A quick tip is facing a window or filming in natural light outside. Start with a hook or belief statement instead of just with your name. It grabs attention. Share your passion and how inspires you in your work with students. Keep it brief. Less than 90 seconds usually is …

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I really don’t know why principals have reserved spots. I tend to be at school really early and leave really late, so it’s not like I can’t ever find a parking spot. I’ve always felt weird about it. When I go to a business, store, or other public place, they typically have their staff park as far back as possible to let customers park closer to the building. But when I go to schools, there is an abundance of reserved parking up front for staff. I feel that more and more, my job is to help support and amplify others’ efforts. How can I park up front and feel good about that while my team parks in the back? Leaders eat last and leaders park in the back! This year, my assistant principal, RJ Lucciotti, and I decided to practice what we preach in every way possible. Parking was an easy and obvious example for us. I’m proud of RJ because he didn’t even flinch when we discussed this and …

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