Just ASK’s 2012 Closing of School Checklist Released

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A Free Resource for a Successful Closing of School

Just ASK Publications & Professional Development (Just ASK), provider of publications, products and consulting services for 21st century educators, recently released its first Closing of School Checklist. The checklist was created to provide useful guidelines and suggestions for school personnel to ensure the school year will end on a successful note. This resource can be downloaded at http://www.justaskpublications.com/closeofschool.

Just ASK’s annual Opening of School Checklist, was first published in 2005; it is updated and published annually. That issue continues to be the most popular issue of Just for the ASKing! e-newsletter each year. It is downloaded and is used by thousands of school leaders as they prepare for the opening of school.

Many of those users have requested a checklist for the closing of school that would provide information to structure a smooth closing. Responding to that request, Just for the ASKing! author and Just ASK Senior Consultant, Bruce Oliver, combined his own professional experiences with input from school leaders across the country to compile the recommendations featured in the 2012 Closing of School Checklist. “If the response to this Closing of School Checklist is anything like the response to our annual Opening of School Checklist, school administrators across the country will be forwarding this checklist to their friends and colleagues and district level administrators will be making sure that all the district principals receive a copy,” said Paula Rutherford, President of Just ASK.

As the more than 98,000 public schools in the United States draw to a close over the next few months, some practitioners lose valuable instructional time at the end of the school year. One of the guiding principles for this checklist is that it is important that educators need to keep an unwavering focus on teaching and learning through the end of the school year. As a 36 year administrator and teacher, Bruce Oliver points out that teachers could use this time to hold individual reflective and goal-setting conferences with each student.

The recommendations included in the 2012 Closing of School Checklist are designed to help users track more than 80 tasks, identify who is responsible for each, and establish deadlines.

For more information about the Just for the ASKing! e-newsletter or to download a copy of the 2012 Closing of School Checklist please visit http://www.justaskpublications.com/jfta.htm.

About Just for the ASKing!
Just for the ASKing! is a free monthly e-newsletter, distributed to more than 15,000 instructional leaders. This downloadable resource focuses on a wide array of topics including instructional leadership, creating a culture for learning, best practice in instruction, assessment, and meeting the needs of diverse learners. Subscribers are encouraged to duplicate and share any of the over 80 archived issues of Just for the ASKing! for use in non-commercial settings.

The 2012 Closing of School Checklist is available from the Just ASK Publications & Professional Development website at http://www.justaskpublications.com/closeofschool.

About Just ASK Publications & Professional Development
Just ASK Publications & Professional Development (http://www.justaskpublications.com) provides publications, products, and consulting services for educators in formats that facilitate a shared understanding and use of best practice in teaching, learning and leading in classrooms, schools, and districts in the 21st century. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, Just ASK is the trusted choice of prominent school districts such as: Baltimore County Public Schools, Maryland; Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, Florida; Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia; Memphis City Schools, Tennessee; Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, Florida; Las Cruces Public Schools, New Mexico; Jeffco Public Schools, Golden, Colorado; Klein ISD, Texas, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Schools, California: and Wellesley Public Schools, Wellesley, Massachusetts; as well as international schools.


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