Thursday, 21 May 2020

Teacher Schedules: New Normal, New Opportunities

Routines, schedules, and consistency are the guiding principles in the life of a teacher. Teachers plan their bathroom breaks to the second, their planning period work time to the minute, and create time-stamped lesson plans. The coronavirus pandemic has thrown that into a loop. Many teachers are at home without their productive, student-focused, and comfortable …

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Five Ways to Motivate Your Child

What do I need to do to motivate my child? A very important part of social-emotional learning is helping students own and control their own motivations and behaviors towards work. Getting students to be intrinsically motivated and energized by any work, especially schoolwork, is already a challenge for most teachers in a classroom. Now it’s even …

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Thursday, 14 May 2020

Will Schools Reopen? “What Happens If…”

Parents everywhere are asking that question about school. What happens if it’s closed again next year and it doesn’t reopen? And what happens if my school does school intermittently and I don’t have childcare? What happens if school starts back? Will my child be safe? The amount of “what ifs” could drive you crazy. Most …

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Celebrating Senior Graduations and Milestones

As we all know, COVID-19 has changed our world and will definitely be impacting how you plan for graduation and end of year ceremonies this year. In our weekly Possip parent pulse checks, parents are asking about how to celebrate our seniors and other “end of year” milestones that students are really looking forward to. …

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Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Engaging Children Under 5 in Learning at Home

80% of children’s brain growth occurs in the first three years of life. A lot of this includes learning at home. Here are a few quick tips on how to interact with your Pre-K child and make it a learning experience! The first two strategies are going to be more focused on parent-child interactions where …

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Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Building a Community During School Closures

Building a strong community is more important now than ever during these school closures. Students, parents, teachers, and leaders all need the support system of a strong community to get through this time. Possip surveyed parents all around the country about needs they have during the school closures- and we found that interestingly, what parents …

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Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Parent-Teacher Communication During COVID-19

  Especially during a time of crisis, there is not a “one size fits all” solution to parent-teacher communication during COVID-19.  Teachers are diverse people – as are parents.  So what may be the perfect amount of communication for one parent might be too much communication for another parent.  Similarly, what one teacher may feel …

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Principal’s Corner: Creating a School Culture From Afar 

Many students, educators, and families are having a difficult time after losing their strong support system that was built through a positive school culture. School culture is the heartbeat of a school. The positive feelings, traditions, diversity of perspectives, and support that have been lost in the shuffle of moving to remote learning during this …

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Monday, 20 April 2020

Principal’s Corner: Supporting Families with Diverse Learners

In this time of crisis, educators and parents of diverse learners are getting creative with remote teaching to meet their needs. How do we meet the unique needs of students with disabilities and English learners, both academic and non-academic, in an at-home setting?   Many students with diverse needs may be having more heightened levels …

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Sunday, 19 April 2020

Remote Learning Models During COVID-19 School Closures

Schools all over the country have moved to remote learning. However, the models that schools are utilizing to support learning at home vary greatly. Depending on your community, teacher availability, student needs, and family responsibilities, remote learning can take many different forms. Have you reflected on which one works best for your school?   We’re …

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Thursday, 16 April 2020

Parents Working and Teaching from Home

  Last week we welcomed four parents to share about how they are handling working and teaching from home.     Many parents have been unexpectedly put into the role of a teacher at home.  We had a webinar this week that allowed us to hear from three parents about how they are managing working and …

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Addressing Children’s Social-Emotional Needs During School Closures

Parents are wanting to know how to meet their children’s social-emotional needs at home during this time of crisis.    Social-emotional learning is critical to managing anxiety at this time for our students.   If kids don’t know how to deal with the current lack of control, lack of normalcy, and feelings of uncertainty, their …

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Tuesday, 14 April 2020

If Someone in Your School Community Gets COVID-19, What Next?

Thanks to Adie Tate, former teacher and Possip team member for contributing to this. In these uncertain times, it is hard to have a plan for any possible event. The New York City DOE recently began releasing information, and sadly 50 staff members have died from COVID-19.  The real health impact on folks in our …

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Sunday, 12 April 2020

LIVES: Leadership During School Shutdowns

Every person needs to see themselves as a LEADER at this moment.  While there is value in a great follower, this moment also requires great leaders.  Whether you are a teacher, parent, school principal, headmaster, superintendent, or other staff member, this is a moment that calls for LEADERSHIP.   As we all stay at home and …

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Thursday, 9 April 2020

Voices of Students During School Closures

We are driven to engage diverse voices to strengthen school communities.  The voices of students are so important at this time.  One historian even recommended that students – and adults – journal at this time.  So we wanted to know, what was top of mind for students!  We’ll be adding to this regularly. Our first …

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Tuesday, 7 April 2020

5 Questions School Leaders Have – Answered

What are the questions school leaders have? Last week, Possip hosted a webinar for school leaders on “Leading in Times of Challenge”. Possip’s CEO, Shani Dowell, discussed how leaders should take time to listen, set short-term goals, and plan with core values, communication, and change in mind. Leadership during COVID-19 is unique. We received the …

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Tuesday, 31 March 2020

5 Leadership During COVID-19 Crisis Questions

Last week, Possip hosted a webinar for school leaders on “Leading in Times of Challenge”. Possip’s CEO, Shani Dowell, discussed how leaders should take time to listen, set short-term goals, and plan with core values, communication, and change in mind. Leadership during COVID-19 is unique. We received the following questions from school leaders who attended …

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Monday, 30 March 2020

How Schools Are Communicating During This Time

At Possip, we observe how teachers, administrators, and district leaders are engaging and communicating with families. It’s been remarkable to watch schools and families set into action and adapt so quickly this past month. Without a doubt, the context for education is changing rapidly in our country and will be different on the other side …

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Saturday, 28 March 2020

Principal’s Corner: Caring for Teachers and Staff in This Time

Principal’s Corner: Caring for Teachers and Staff in This Time Caring for teachers and staff is more important than ever.  In the weeks leading up to spring break, teachers are historically reaching “burnout” mode. They need and always appreciate the week of fun, relaxation, and self-care. For most teachers, this spring break did not give …

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Keeping Students Engaged During Remote Teaching

We recently hosted a webinar on remote teaching and learning.  A top question?  How to keep students engaged when teaching virtually. I love managing teams virtually and working in virtual organizations – and have done it for the past 7 years.  The largest team I managed virtually included almost 200 people!  So I’m excited to …

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Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Teaching During COVID – 19

As word of school closures took off, we heard about homeschooling, digital learning, families needing food, and a host of other topics.  We didn’t spend as much time thinking about teaching during COVID.  Here, Possip team member and former teacher Hannah Hall shares some of her wisdom and learning. How Teachers Feel Anxious, confused, unsettled, …

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Monday, 23 March 2020

Leading During Coronavirus – What Cincinnati Public Schools Got Right

While school districts all over the country have been faced with an unprecedented challenge to serve their students in the midst of a major crisis, I have been incredibly impressed with how my child’s district has handled things. They have really been leading during Coronavirus. First, district and school staff  paused and asked questions to …

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Facilitating Virtual Meetings: Principal’s Corner

For most educators, your day-to-day has been a highly in-person and social experience. You probably rely heavily on nonverbal cues during meetings and feel comfortable with leading meetings or professional development in front of your staff. You enjoy being around people and are energized by the community that surrounds you. Now, you’ve been abruptly asked …

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Sunday, 22 March 2020

A Letter to Teachers Returning to “School”, From a Principal

KIPP Sunnyside School Leader, Rian Wright, penned this post on Facebook. Her now-viral letter to teachers represents the hopes and challenges for teachers and principals in the coming weeks.  KIPP Sunnyside is in its third year as a Possip partner. year Letter to Teachers To the teachers returning to “school” on Monday: We’ve got your …

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Wednesday, 18 March 2020

It’s Time to Pause and Take a Breath

It was the night of March 2nd.  My hometown and neighborhood in Nashville, TN was hit with devastating tornadoes.  Entire neighborhoods were left in piles of wood.  We were out of school for the remainder of the week – and in shock, reeling from the loss of community…and control. It made us pause and reel. …

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Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Principal’s Corner: What Parents Are Asking About Coronavirus

Schools and teachers are fast to act.  Part of what makes educators so great is our ability to act, respond, plan, and react.  Being still? Not as much our strength. While earning extra money is one reason educators work extra jobs, the other reality is we tend to be doers.  But at this time we …

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Sunday, 15 March 2020

A Parent’s Guide to Kids at Home During COVID-19

The extended title: A Parent’s Guide to Having Kids at Home While Keeping Your Own Sanity, During COVID – 19 We’ve got kids at home.  Let’s be real.  Things can feel scary right now.  Two weeks ago many students and families were preparing for spring break.  For most of us, that can mean anything from …

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Thursday, 12 March 2020

Keeping Schools Safe: School Safety Communication Tips

Schools have a weighty responsibility towards school safety – both for students and staff. An important part of school safety is parent communication.  Schools are often busy keeping kids safe, communicating with police, and responding to needs. This means communicating with parents often comes last, if at all. However, when schools don’t communicate with parents …

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Wednesday, 4 March 2020

A Principal’s Guide to Coronavirus Communication

It’s hard not to panic about the Coronavirus when it’s everywhere in the media and constantly on the news. As expected, parents of school-aged children are putting coronavirus prevention and preparation at the top of their concerns. Schools are known as places where germs spread, so it’s especially important for school leaders to prepare and …

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Thursday, 13 February 2020

6 Tips for Accurate Parent Data in Schools

Why Parent Data is Important – and Hard to Maintain “You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data.” — Daniel Keys Moran said.  He didn’t say this about parent data, but the same message applies! When thinking about parent partnerships with schools, schools need parent data to have information. You …

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Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Top 5 Reasons We Love School Counselors

National School Counseling Week – Celebrating School Counselors   This week (February 3rd – 7th, 2020) is National School Counseling Week.  We know we have a number of school counselors, or those who take on the work of school counselors, in our community.  We wanted to take a minute to share some of the top …

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Friday, 24 January 2020

8 Things That Matter When Touring or Choosing Schools

In many cities, parents have options for choosing a school. Parents aren’t limited to what is closest to them, and can take advantage of unique features that different schools offer.  While this choice can be great, like anything, too many choices can be overwhelming. So taking a tour of schools can help.  We have found …

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Thursday, 2 January 2020

The Building Block of Successful Schools: Building Trust

As a principal you have to prioritize lots of tasks and focus on the most important building blocks that lead to school success. According to Payne and Kaba (2001), the level of social trust, the quality of staff-to-staff and staff-to-parent relationships at a school, can predict the quality of a school. So building trust can …

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5 Tips to Start the New Year Right at Your School

After a long and unstructured break, students may need some adjustment back to regular school routines.  They come back to school with new hopes and resolutions.  They want to start the new year right at school.  You and your staff do too! So you’ll want to re-norm and revisit expectations both in the classroom and …

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