School leaders have an enormous influence on the people around them—staff members, teachers, students and parents. The start of a new calendar year is the perfect time to recommit to promoting a positive school environment for everyone. Here are three simple steps you can take right now:

  1. Remember to smile. A smile can put staff members and students at ease. It can also reduce the tension and stress that sometimes creeps into the school building.
  2. Greet students every morning. Whether you help students get off the bus or give high-fives to students as they enter the building, don’t underestimate the importance of your presence. It shows students you care.
  3. Shift your language. Replace the word “can’t” with the phrase “is learning to.” For example, rather than saying “Maddie can’t control herself,” say “Maddie is learning to control herself.” This subtle change reminds students, staff and parents that your school is a place of learning and development.

 

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How well does your school do these five things?

How well does your school do these five things?

  1. Provide opportunities for families to lead and share in decision-making regarding school policies and programs affecting their children.
  2. Promote clear two-way communication between the school and families about school programs and children’s progress.
  3. Help parents develop skills that foster positive relationships with their children and support learning at home.
  4. Involve parents in instructional and support roles at school (with appropriate training).
  5. Help families access the community and support services they need.

did-you-know  Did You Know?

Studies show that when students feel safe and supported by adults at school, they are better able to learn.

National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development

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