The Principal Post

August 2020

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5 Tips to Prepare for Blended Learning


We know that this is a crazy busy time for you. Please know that we are here to support you! If there is anything you need help with, please don't hesitate to reach out. Here are a few areas that we can help in if you need it!

1. Back-to-School PD: Do you have your PD planned? If there's a need you have, please let us know. Because of the change in the start date of school, many of our Specialists have openings now. If you need ideas for team-building activities, resources for sessions, or just have questions, we can help! We have sessions ready to go in all content areas, as well as how to handle trauma (for staff or students) and the importance of self care. Our sessions can be delivered digitally or face-to-face.

2. Blended Learning: We know how hard everyone has worked to prepare for blended learning. Have your teachers joined the Arch Ford Blended Learning Facebook group? Rachel Schell, our Tech Coordinator and Abby Barkhimer, one of our Arch Ford novice teachers, do an amazing job keeping this group updated with resources and sharing ideas. This is a great source of PD for teachers and has just enough information to help them on their journey. The link to join the group is listed below if you want to share it! Speaking of blended learning...are you finding that not everyone has the same idea of what it is? It's a difficult concept to grasp, especially in such a short period of time. Check out the short video above for 5 key points that might help to clarify blended learning for you or others. I know it's helped me wrap my head around all that it entails!

3. Virtual Open House: Are you planning a virtual Open House? Even if you have plans for a face-to-face open house, you can still supplement the event with an online component. We have developed a template that you can copy and customize for your own school to help make it easier. See below for information on our session this Thursday from 9-10 am where we walk you through it. We have also planned some follow-up support sessions on Monday and Tuesday of next week for those who need extra assistance. See below for the link to register!

Marilyn's July Updates are linked below for your information. Remember that we share them each month to help you find the information you need quick! Have a great week!

Arch Ford Blended Learning Facebook Group

Are you trying to find ways to support your teachers with Blended Learning? Check out our Arch Ford Blended Learning Facebook group! We share ideas and resources daily, and provide support for any questions your teachers may have!

Click here to join!

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Arch Ford Principals Facebook Group

Please join our closed group on Facebook for Arch Ford Principals. You can find it by clicking here or searching for Arch Ford Principals.

We will share information and updates here, as well as great ideas for principals!

Novice Teacher Update

Do you have novice teachers starting on your campus this year? Remember, if they are a first-year teacher this year, they likely didn't even get to finish their internship. Can you imagine beginning your journey less prepared that you had hoped and in the middle of a pandemic? Remember that our novice teachers need a lot of support in their first few years. Many of them who say they are staying at the end of the year say that their first reason is because of the culture of the school and how much they feel like they belong. How can you help your novices build a sense of belonging this year?

If you need support for your novice teachers, please reach out! We have a robust Novice Teacher Mentoring Program and love to help our novices start strong! Karen Norton and Jordan Summers have been doing an amazing job this summer with our newest teachers and are here to support you!

Self Care Check-in

How are you taking care of yourself during this stressful time? If you're like most administrators, you spend so much time taking care of everyone else, you might push your own needs to the bottom of the list. However, we know that if we put our own needs last, we can't give our best to our staff, students, or our families at home. I want to encourage you to take some time for you each day, even if it's just a few minutes, to reflect and recenter yourself.

Remember Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs from college way back when? It was true then and it's true today. When you aren't meeting your basic needs like sleep, water, and healthy food, it's REALLY hard to focus on the task at hand and make good decisions. So grab a bottle of water, get a full 7-8 hours of sleep tonight, and eat the apple instead of the Snickers bar. You'll feel better and be more prepared to face your day. If you want more information about Self Care, reach out! We have an entire toolbox of ideas and ways to support you and your staff in taking care of YOU!