Ah, June… the promise of a whole summer lies ahead. Even though this spring looked a little different for our schools, students completing e-learning tasks are more than ready for a break, teachers are finishing end of year tasks, and administrators might even get the opportunity to sneak in a few weeks of vacation.
Yes, it’s true. Although our neighbors, friends, and relatives often tell us, “It must be nice to have three months off every year!” and we still occasionally hear of the rare college student going into education so they can “have the whole summer off,” we in the trenches know that summertime is often just as busy as the school year.
Teachers often utilize this time for professional development, planning, and shopping for that endless list of classroom decorations and school supplies. As an administrator, much of your time will be spent with end of year finalizations, purchasing decisions, and supervision of maintenance and custodial staff—and that’s just to finish this year! Thinking ahead to next school year means scheduling, student placement, and planning for evaluation and professional development. Add to that this year’s challenges of planning for a re-opening that will keep students and staff safe and healthy.
Of course, Standard For Success can help with some of these tasks! We offer a full library of professional development through a partnership with Educational Impact. Our external evaluators can ease the burden of teacher evaluation for administrators and increase inter-rater reliability. We also have experienced educators who can provide mentoring and coaching services, as well as assistance with individual growth plans.
But the purpose of this blog is to wish all of our school friends a safe and restful summer. Take some time to take care of yourself and enjoy this season of longer days, warmer temperatures, and outdoor activities.