As an educational leader, I am sure you have heard over and over again that good communication skills are key. If you pull up Pinterest and search for “qualities of a leader”, you will notice that communication skills is listed on almost every post.
As a new principal, I implemented “Friday Huddles” where the entire staff met in the lobby of our school every Friday after our students were off campus. Teachers shared compliments about other staff members, and we celebrated successful lessons, and personal victories/highlights. It was a time for celebration, and my opportunity to ensure that my staff was up to date on all the upcoming events. I was so proud of myself for putting this in place and ensuring that my staff was celebrated and received regular communication weekly! That is, until I met with my teacher advisory group in the beginning of my second year. Turns out, my staff were not big fans of my weekly huddles.
The reasons for their disliking of weekly huddles surprised me as they weren’t what I was expecting. They said that they would be up on Sunday nights finishing lesson plans and grading, and struggle to remember what I shared on Friday afternoon. They are exhausted on Friday afternoons and focused on getting home, getting their kids, and planning dinner, and they struggled to focus and try to remember everything I was saying. Basically, all the communication I was sharing, to no fault of theirs, was going in one ear, and out the other.
They asked if they could get a weekly email with important dates, and reminders about upcoming events for the week, instead.
I presented the new weekly communication plan on Wednesday at PLC’s to the rest of my staff. I also presented them with with a questionnaire asking for feedback on what PD they wanted for the rest of the year. I ended my PLC’s that day with over 20 different PD topics. I immediately asked myself how I could easily present them with weekly updates and PD information?
Along came Smore, and it has become my go to resource for getting information out to my staff weekly. Smore has it all, and it is extremely easy to use and design. Here are my 6 must have’s for using Smore to communicate with your staff:
To check out one of my Smore communications, click here. Are you doing something different with Smore to communicate with your staff? If so, please tell us all about it in the comment section.