How to ENGAGE your whole staff in using Core Essentials

Aug 04

It is no secret that the first few weeks of school are hectic. Teachers are frantic with never enough time or resources to get their classrooms ready in order to welcome sunburned faces and out of routine students. Your bus drivers are learning new routes and new residents. Lunchroom staff and janitorial crews are checking things off their list in order to have it all prepped and polished before the first tray slides down the line and the first water fountain used.

The last thing anyone in your building wants to hear is “We are starting ONE more thing.”

The issue we have is, it really isn’t “ONE” more thing. As you can hear from the testimonials in our video on the website…it is THE thing…it is the plate that all the rest needs to be stacked upon. Building a values culture in your school, students and faculty, classrooms and families is THE thing that brought the majority of your staff into the education field to begin with.

The problem we have a hard time translating to new users or reluctant and overwhelmed participants is that “see it to believe it” factor. We can tell you all day long that what we provide, our curriculum and tools that equip everyone to make a difference….really do. Until you see it you won’t believe it. So our encouragement is little bites. Don’t take on more than you can chew. Refuse to over-promise and under-deliver this school year. Be realistic about what your team is capable of and push yourselves a smidge further. The proof is in the pudding…and we want you to be smacking your lips for more come the end of this school year.

So here is our SINGULAR tip for keeping a balanced approach. Pick one of the levels of implementation (found in the overview guide of the teaching resources) and stick with it. When you come across issues or questions, don’t hesitate to email or call us. We want more than anything for you to be successful and we want to hear and broadcast your success to the rest of our CE subscribers. Consistency. Focus. A plan. Here’s to your school’s impressive success this 2012-2013 school year…we know you can do it!



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