Well, almost. While some divisions have already returned to school, the majority of divisions will welcome back teachers Monday, August 31st, with students returning on Tuesday, September 8. With the new school year right around the corner, what have you decided to do to be a better school leader? As we put the finishing touches on preparation for the 2015-16 year, here are some ideas on how you can improve your leadership.
Grow Your PLN
Take some time to make sure that your professional learning network is robust and getting larger. You can do this by joining Twitter, creating a blog, or participating in Twitter chats to make connections around the world. It is easy, free and professional development any where, any time.
Make a Commitment to Keep Up with Your Professional Reading
Whether you are reading books, articles, blogs or research, make it a priority this year to keep up with professional reading. With all th changes and updates on a consistent basis, as a leader, it is critically important to maintain your professional knowledge.
Participate in Reflective Leadership
Take some time each week to reflect on the previous week. What went well? What needs to be changed? How can you provide a better educational experience for your students? Taking time each week to reflect on how things went will provide you with a greta learning experience and make you a better leader.
And encourage your colleagues to do the same. Our association depends on its members for so much. Our lobbying efforts at the General Assembly are vital to our profession. Because of our membership, our voice caries weight with Virginias politicians. The only way we can provide this type of service is by having a strong membership base.
VASSP wishes all of you a great opening and a fantastic school year.