5 Things Effective School Leaders Do Over Summer Break

Even when students are gone for the summer, education professionals still have much work that needs to be done. With some simple planning, the upcoming year can be less stressful and more organized than ever. 

Here are five ways effective school leaders prepare for the upcoming academic year. 

Learn and Grow 

With some extra free time this summer, there is an opportunity for professional development and self-reflection. Read a book about leadership tactics, one that is aligned with the school’s curriculum and goals, or a genre you enjoy most. Additionally, arrange a time to meet with other academic professionals to review your best practices from the previous year and brainstorm ideas on things items that can be improved upon.

Stay Organized and Make a Plan

Summer  break goes by fast. It is helpful to make a schedule of exactly what needs to get done during these crucial months off. By outlining your goals and planning how much time to spend on each goal, you’ll be using your summer break as efficiently as possible. 

In today’s world, there are a number of options for creating visual aids such as spreadsheets, calendars, custom printed posters, or even planners for educators.

summer planner

Hire New Teachers and Other Staff

The summer is the least disruptive time of year to bring new employees on board. Those hired over the summer will have some time to prepare for the new year before they need to be ready to teach a new curriculum or fulfill an administrative role. 

Focus on Professional Development

There is often not enough time for training and continuing education courses for education professionals. Teaching and running a school are time-consuming activities, and most educators and administrators already have their plates full during the school year. 

Aim to attend or host as many professional development events as possible during the summer, as this may be your only chance to do so until the next summer break. Host workshops on how to implement technology in the classroom or on how to increase parental engagement. Retreats for education professionals can also be scheduled during the break to share insights and come together before the busy school year. 

Building Improvements and Repairs

A school that is in top condition will help everyone stay focused and feel comfortable and safe. This is another time-sensitive idea, as you will want to have any major renovation or construction projects take place at the school while there aren’t many people around. Construction also creates noise and restricts certain areas, which is much less of a problem when people are not trying to actively work or study.

While the summer is in full swing, it’s best to use this time off to be as productive as possible. Make the most of your summer break by following these five tips. 

8 Practical Holiday Gifts Every Teacher will Treasure

These holiday gifts for teachers are guaranteed to spread joy

Written by Jackie Cali Hunt, Account Executive Manager

This time of year, teachers revel in receiving gifts from students, parents, significant others, or school leadership. It’s actually never a bad time to buy a teacher a gift, but this time of year marks the halfway point where teachers can take a small breath of reprieve before the holiday season.


Participate in National Bullying Prevention Month

National Bullying Prevention Month is a great way to bring students from across the school community

There’s no doubt that bullying is a problem that affects a huge range of people. Studies show that at least 28 percent of U.S. students in grades 6 to 12 experience bullying, and that 99 percent of students in grades 6 to 12 experience cyberbullying.

Bullying isn’t just unpleasant. It can have potentially harmful or grave effects. In fact, experts believe that there is a direct link between suicidal thoughts and attempts and being victim to a bully.


Time Management Techniques for Students

Use these time management techniques for your students

Students benefit significantly when they manage their time wisely as it teaches them responsibility and can enhance their academic performance. But often students need guidance to make the most of their time. The great news is that there are several ways you can help your students get more structure in their day.

Here are some effective time management techniques students can use to stay productive and get what they need to be done in a timely manner.


5 Ways Posters Improve School Culture (Free Design Templates)

Get Free Print-Ready School Posters

Building school culture takes time and is an ongoing mission for school leaders. One of the easiest ways to improve school culture day in and day out is through posters.

A simple poster can further create an engaging learning environment. Promote your school’s policies and expectations by placing posters on the walls, windows, and doors throughout the school.

Read more below and download some of our 10 free print-ready posters.

Your Summer Reading List: Top 10 Books for Teachers

Here are the top 10 books for teachers

For many, summer is the season to unwind. The warm weather is the perfect excuse to lounge during beach trips, days poolside, and hammock filled afternoons. It’s also the season to cross off some titles from your reading list.

While there is an endless number of books to read, we compiled the best books for teachers. This list focuses on professional development for educators and offers strategies, tips, and insights to apply in the classroom during the school year.