Friday, May 30, 2014

10 Tips for Planning a Successful New School Year

Have you ever wondered why so many school district's student achievement results remain the same each year? In some districts it is too easy to remain the same. If no one is willing to change then the same staff and the same teachers equals the same results. If you want different results you must do something radically different. The change must be powerful enough to shake things up. In some cases it must move old mountains out of the way.  Students in your school district should experience the difference and express joy about it new instruction and innovative learning strategies.  For some students school is the only stable time of their day.  The new year must be so engaging and rewarding that students are running to school. Here are ten things that your school can do to have an exciting new year in your school district.

1. Throw away the box that you operated in last year and cast a new vision. Make your vision measurable.

2.  Take a vacation during the summer to relax your mind and clear your thinking. Get ready to bring new ideas and activities into your school.

3.  Ask your staff and teachers for five things the school can do differently and new during the new school year.

4.  Line up your professional development presenters for the school year

5.  Make a newsletter to highlight staff and faculty accomplishments inside and outside of school.

6.  Turn over new responsibilities to the vice-principal and take some away.

7.  Take a class that you've been wanting to take over the summer.

8.  Brainstorm with friends a new way for parents to help you to assist their students.

9.  Read a book or listen to a CD that will raise your motivation 

10.  Ask your students to write a note on what went well last year and do more of it. Also ask what did not go well and change it.

When you realize that change will help your school to succeed in the 21st century then change will be easy. Good school principals always want to be better and they are not afraid to be taught something  new. Everyone will know that you are an excited principal because your students know who you are. Spend time with your students and you will know what is going on in your school. You can create a student counsel to get suggestions and discuss solutions. It's time to take the plunge to do something different.

Principals must operate with a new paradigm in mind in order to make an amazing difference in the lives of students. You cannot afford to miss out on your students contribution to  society. The future is know. Let's make this the best academic success year our students have ever experienced.  Hire Dr. Stephen Jones he is a professional development presenter, author and education consultant. He can be contacted at 610-842-3843 and website

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

How an effective Professional Development helps your School to Prosper

Did you get all that you wanted from your last professional development?  An effective professional development must involve more than a one day seminar at your school. You want a professional development experience that will help your staff, teachers and students to prosper throughout the year. All change takes time. Sometimes it's important to have a professional development theme for the year. In other words there are some consistent things that you want to develop over the entire school year.  Invite a presenter to come more than once or have several presenters focus on the same theme.   You want to maximize everyone's chances that they will grow as an outcome of the professional development sessions. You and the professional development person can come up with some themes that will be introduced during each session. When staff and teachers feel supported they will respond and the entire school can change. Here are ten things that will change your school.

1. Show staff your goal for the year and how you all can measure progress. 

2.  Be a visible leader with students, staff and teachers.

3. Change starts with you

4. Visit another school to see how they implement a good professional development 

5. Have a monthly conference call with your professional development presenter

6.  Don't give up change takes time

7. Ask the presenter what resources will help your school to become better

8. Expect great things for your school. Your energy will spill over to everyone.

9.  Ask your teachers and staff for suggestions. Express appreciation and let them know when you are implementing their suggestion.

10. Try a new professional development presenter 

You should select the professional development that fits your school.  Find ways to move the items that are in the way of your student's progress.  Seek to strengthen the resources that teachers will need to help students to achieve. Don't look at change as work. Look at it as an opportunity to make your school function better. Move forward with purpose there is nothing you can do about the past. Dr. Stephen Jones is a professional development presenter and author. To reach him email
 or 610-842-3943. Visit his website at