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Summer Prep for Back to School: Resources for School Leaders

Explore resources from Edutopia and the web that support school leaders -- including principals and other administrators -- as they guide school communities into a new school year.

August 11, 2014 Updated July 13, 2016
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Strategies That Make a Difference

  • Four Summer Strategies for School Leaders: Discover four strategies that will help focus your energy and prepare for success before returning for a new school year. Though written with middle school principals in mind, the suggestions are relevant for school leaders of all kinds. (MiddleWeb, 2016)
  • Cultivating a New Leadership Archetype: Find ways to set the tone for the community in which you work by embracing creativity and play, promoting a culture of celebration, and maintaining health and spirit. (Edutopia, 2016)
  • What Makes a Great School Leader?: Reflect on three qualities that are indicative of a great school leader. (Edutopia, 2014)
  • A Teacher Perspective: Advice for Principals: Consider one teacher's observations on how administrators can better support and build relationships with teachers. (Edutopia, 2013)
  • Successful School Leaders Know: People Come First: Explore takeaways from the research on school leadership, and read about five key responsibilities for school principals. (Vanderbilt University, 2012)
  • My Back to School Speech: Mine this post to find food for thought when mulling over new-school-year messaging. (Ideas and Thoughts, 2013)

Explore strategies for maintaining balance, retaining focus on key priorities, managing limited time, and staying organized at the start of a busy school year:

Also, whether you’re a new or veteran administrator, these first-year tip lists include useful advice and reminders:


Engaging Families and Community

Planning Purposeful Teacher Development

Building School Culture and Climate


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