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Tell the Kids Thank You
December 22, 2015 11:00 AM | Tagged as Appreciation, Communication

The job of a school administrator is difficult, and often thankless. But we know all too well that it’s the kids that keep you going back for more, day after day and year after year. Even when you might be more thankful for a hot bath or a school vacation, it’s important that our children, our students, know how important they are to our lives.

As 2015 comes to a close, ... Read more

Posted By Abby M. Herman
Posted in Appreciation, Educational Leadership, student success | 0 Replies

Creative Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers
December 9, 2014 6:00 AM | Tagged as Appreciation, celebration, holidays, school leadership

The post-Thanksgiving bulge is quickly giving way to the holiday ho-hums. Administrators, teachers, and students are all ready for the long holiday break, either because the commute to school is cumbersome in the wet and slushy snow or because the weather is too beautiful to be stuck in a classroom all day. (Yes, we in Arizona have it rough!)

The holiday season is one of giving, and ... Read more

Posted By Abby Herman
Posted in Appreciation, Educational Leadership, Holidays | 0 Replies

Teaching Thankfulness with Community Outreach
November 24, 2014 6:00 AM | Tagged as Appreciation, celebrations, Teaching ideas

With the Thanksgiving holiday in the air, our minds are probably on family gatherings, turkey (with all the fixings), and pumpkin pie. At school, Thanksgiving lessons usually revolve around the traditions and history of early Pilgrims and Native Americans.

There’s another lesson in Thanksgiving, of course, and it’s that of actually being thankful for what we have. But how ... Read more

Posted By Anna Nolan
Posted in Appreciation, School Events, Teaching Tips | 0 Replies

Thank a Veteran – School Activities
November 11, 2014 12:00 PM | Tagged as Appreciation, celebrations, holidays, Teaching ideas

At most schools, Veterans Day means a day off. Students and teachers get to sleep in and administrators often use the extra day to catch up on paperwork. But students need to learn the background of the day, a day that is much more than a holiday.

History of Veterans Day

In 1919, President Wilson declared November 11 Armistice Day to signify the end to World ... Read more

Posted By Abby Herman
Posted in Appreciation, Holidays, Teaching Tips | 0 Replies

Spotlight the Value in Key Players
February 11, 2014 10:00 AM | Tagged as Appreciation, celebrations, Communication, PR for schools, promoting your school success, school communication, Websites for schools

Where is the value in the education at your school? Sure, test scores are on the rise and that last PLC meeting was a huge success. But have you taken the time to toot some horns and shout the praises of the people who make this success happen? Recognizing—and spotlighting—the people who make up your school is one of the best ways to make those people feel valuable, a sure-fire way ... Read more

Posted By Abby Herman
Posted in Appreciation, Communication, Public Relations | 0 Replies

Teach Students Importance of Giving Back
October 22, 2013 7:00 AM | Tagged as Appreciation, districts, family, family life, public relations for schools

Making a difference in the lives of children is the primary reason most of us got involved in education in the first place. We want to help them succeed and realize their dreams, whatever they might be. But let’s not ignore another vital role we have as educators—growing responsible citizens who can pay it forward to the next generation.

For more than 20 years, Read more

Posted By Abby Herman
Posted in Appreciation, Education, family | 0 Replies

Teach Common Courtesy in Your School
September 10, 2013 12:00 AM | Tagged as Appreciation, customer service, family, family life, school safety

Somehow common courtesy has been left by the wayside in our young adults and youth today. Simply turn on the television and you’ll see a plethora of examples on popular shows: children talking back to parents, couples yelling at one another or treating each other with disrespect in front of children, students finagling around punishments from teachers and administrators. And the saddest ... Read more

Posted By Abby Herman
Posted in Appreciation, civility, student success | 0 Replies

Streamline Your Teaching with eBackpack
June 25, 2013 10:00 AM | Tagged as Appreciation, blogs, districts, family, family life, school communication, School Webmasters

With more and more schools moving towards 1:1 iPad or laptop initiatives and implementing “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) policies on school campuses, now more than ever teachers desperately need an easy way to collaborate with students, manage projects, and give relatively quick feedback on assignments. Student groups need a way to share information, resources, and assignments, ... Read more

Posted By Rachel Vidoni, Social Media Director
Posted in Appreciation, Communication, family | 0 Replies

SWM Website Makeover Contest!
February 5, 2013 10:00 AM | Tagged as Appreciation, celebrations, graphic design for school websites, parent support for schools, public relations for schools, saving your school money, school blogs, school communication, School Webmasters, Websites for schools

Are you sick of trolling through pages and pages of irrelevant school website content looking for what you need? Would you rather shove needles under your fingernails than visit your child’s school website looking for information?

If so, we’ve got great news for you! Your child’s school or small district could win a brand new website and hosting for one year! All you ... Read more

Posted By Rachel Vidoni, Social Media Specialist
Posted in Appreciation, Communication, school website design | 0 Replies

Martin Luther Kings Contribution to Education
January 15, 2013 10:00 AM | Tagged as Appreciation, celebrations, family, holidays, school blogs, School Webmasters

Today is Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, he would have been 84 today. While he was famously known for his work within the Civil Rights Movement and his many contributions to equality and justice for all people, few perhaps know about his educational background and his commitment to learning.

Martin Luther King Jr. began school at Yonge Street Elementary School in Atlanta, ... Read more

Posted By Rachel Vidoni, Social Media Specialist
Posted in Appreciation, family, Holidays | 0 Replies

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