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5 Back-to-School Tips to Start the Year off Right

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Another summer has come and gone, and a new school year is eagerly waiting just around the corner. Are you excited and ready to tackle the new year head-on? We’ve put together a few tips to help you hit the ground running and set the stage for the best year yet.

  Take Time to Connect

The first day of school can be a cause for jitters, and not just for students. Both new and veteran educators might be feeling a little nervous, so make sure you take every opportunity to check in with employees across the district. This is also a fantastic opportunity to work on community engagement and build stronger relationships with families.

So, get social and keep the lines of communication open with as many people as possible through a variety of channels. Traditional welcoming letters are a great start, but you might reach an even broader audience with social media, your website and the media.

  Be Positive

This is a time for celebration, and a chance to continue building a culture of appreciation and positivity throughout the district. Everyone has worked hard to prepare for the new school year, so be sure to express just how deeply appreciative you are of everyone’s efforts. Keep the momentum going by being relentlessly optimistic now: look for reasons to smile, acknowledge your successes and enjoy being part of an incredible community of educators.

 Set and Share Goals

Have big dreams? Goals (big or small) that you want to accomplish? Write them down and share them with others so you’re motivated to succeed. Maybe you want to find ways to build a stronger school culture or foster greater engagement in professional learning. Or maybe you want to make at least one person smile every day. Whatever you want to accomplish, this is your year to do it.

 Find Time to Rest

It’s easy to run yourself ragged with all of the work that needs to be done, but it doesn’t have to be like that. Remember that the school year is a marathon, not a sprint. Take stock of what needs to be done, and structure your time by prioritizing the most pressing responsibilities. You might find that some tasks take up a lot of time, but could be automated with the right software. Consider looking into ways you can leverage technology to reclaim your time and focus on more strategic work.

 Enjoy the Ride

Everyone has their own reasons for working in education, but one thing is for certain: being able to impact generations of learners is a privilege. The work you’ve put into getting ready for the new year will pay off in spades as time goes by, and you’ll be able to sit back and be proud of the learning environment you’ve helped create.

David Litz