What makes your school special?

1 Mar

SpringfieldElementary3

Would you send your own child to the school you teach at?  When I have been walking the school this week I have been reflecting on the question, what makes my school special? Does my school focus on the whole child? Do my have a strong association with the community? Why should a family send their child to your school?

“In the field of education schools are considered a brand. They promise value to residents of the district in terms of academic preparation to succeed in society. Many families will choose to reside in a specific district if the schools have a track record of academic success” (Sheninger, 2010).

I have been reading about the “Tweetable Moment”- I encourage educators to search for a “Tweetable Moment.” That moment that you see something special an you want to share it. The things that make us unique.

So as I walk around searching out those moments I also consider our goals and our ERO visit this year. I think continuous improvement should be about answering questions, rather than checking off goals. School improvement plans provide teachers, SLT, BOT and other stakeholders with a rudder for supporting all students. The questions we ask are often more important than completing the school improvement plan. Students in the classroonm are the focus. They are the tweetable moments.

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