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How do you recognize school staff?

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Great question came in through Facebook this week, and I'd love to get our community's input:

"I am responsible for staff recognition at my school site. We will recognize certified (teaching) staff as well as classified (non-teaching) staff on a montly basis. I would like to award prizes to the monthly award winners. I would like to know what teachers would be most interested in receiving if they received the recognition."

What does your school do? Do you know of any programs that worked well? If it were you, how would you want to be recognized?

Any input is appreciated!

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Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

I think that people appreciate gift cards to local stores- places that aren't "teacher" places but that provide an opportunity for staff to take a break. Coffee shops, theatres, restaurants, bookstores, etc. I would also encourage you to recognize everyone periodically, with lunches or breakfasts provided (not through food service- real food from the outside world) on a monthly or semester basis.

What I *wouldn't* recommend is yet another mug/ pen/ notepad/ bag/ t-shirt prize. No one wants that stuff and, in my experience, it feels vaguely depressing to receive it.

I know that parent's groups love to have a chance to help with this sort of thing. They can solicit prizes, host meals, etc. (I know I've done my share of that sort of thing!)

Thanks for thinking of your staff and trying to do what you can to let them know how much you appreciate their hard work!

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Samer Rabadi
Online Community Engagement Manager

Can I add another vote against knick knacks? I can't count the number of times a well-intentioned gift has gone to Goodwill because 1) we don't have room for it or 2) it isn't something we'd ever use. Much better, I think, to let individual teachers choose what fits them best.

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