I use the opening and closing checklist each year and find that they make the job much easier.
Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) July 11, 2012
Just ASK Publications & Professional Development (Just ASK) recently released its 2012 Opening of School Checklist. The checklist, used by thousands of school leaders, is designed to help users track more than 100 tasks, identify who is responsible for each, and establish deadlines. Robert Webb, Principal of Snyder Junior High School, Snyder ISD, Texas reports, “I use the opening and closing checklist each year and find that they make the job much easier.” It can be downloaded at http://www.justaskpublications.com.
Highlights from this year’s checklist include:
Focus on Teaching Staff (40 tasks)
- Provide professional development on the Common Core State Standards and the implications for instructional and assessment practices
- Plan a presentation on any changes in the supervision and evaluation process for teachers and administrators
Focus on Students (27 tasks)
- Arrange for any necessary translations of information for non-English speaking students and their families
- Contact feeder schools to determine which students may need special support or attention
Focus on Parents (17 tasks)
- Arrange for PTA representatives to contact new families and welcome them to the community
- Publish/distribute/post on school website a school year calendar with information about school events, report card distribution, parent meetings, etc.
Focus on the Building (14 tasks)
- Work with technology support staff to assure proper function of all available technology
- Make sure teachers’ lounges, restrooms, workrooms are readied before staff returns (cleaned, stocked, and inviting)
NEW: Focus on the Community (5 tasks)
- Reach out to community leaders (religious, civic, business, etc.) to build an alliance and a support system for the school
- Seek mentors in the community to work with and support selected students
Bruce Oliver, author of the checklist, tells school administrators that, “The 2012 Opening of School Checklist is the result of over 20 years experience as a principal and assistant principal combined with the suggestions of other administrators across the country. Each year I am contacted by principals offering ideas that would useful in preparing for the opening of school. I welcome those ideas.”
For more information about the Just for the ASKing! e-newsletter or to download a copy of the 2012 Opening of School Checklist visit http://www.justaskpublications.com/jfta.htm.
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