Illustrated by Pop Sutthiya Lertyongphati.
Teachers are crucial for creating psychologically and physically safe school and classroom environments, and their relationship with the learners entrusted to them is key in preventing and responding to all kinds of school violence.UNESCO Bangkok
Local Level: Building a Foundation of Safety
National Level: Policy and Standards
International Level: Global Exchange of Ideas
Recommended further reading
- SchoolSafety.gov | School Safety Resources
- NCPC School Safety and Security Toolkit
- School Safety – Family Resources | National PTA
Illustrated by Pop Sutthiya Lertyongphati.
Illustrated by Pop Sutthiya Lertyongphati.
Illustrated by Pop Sutthiya Lertyongphati.
Hey there, fellow educators!
As we bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of the academic year, we find ourselves at the threshold of a much-needed break: the glorious summer vacation. While some might envision teachers lounging on sandy beaches, sipping fruity drinks, and enjoying endless relaxation, the reality is that our time off is much more precious than that. As a current teacher myself, I understand the importance of making the most out of our time away from the classroom. So, let’s explore some fantastic ways we can recharge, grow, and make this summer unforgettable!
Unwind and Recharge
First things first, take some well-deserved time to unwind and relax. Teaching is a rewarding yet challenging profession that demands our mental and emotional energy throughout the school year. Use this summer break to rejuvenate yourself. Whether it’s spending a lazy day reading your favorite book, indulging in hobbies, or simply binge-watching your favorite shows, cherish this time of rest and self-care.
Travel & Explore
Traveling not only broadens our horizons but also rekindles our creativity and passion for teaching. Exploring new places, cultures, and cuisines can inspire us in unexpected ways. If you can, plan a trip to a destination you’ve always wanted to visit. However, if travel isn’t in the cards, become a tourist in your own town or city. There’s always something new to discover nearby!
Summer vacation is the perfect time for personal and professional growth. Consider attending workshops, conferences, or online courses to expand your teaching skills and knowledge. Engaging in professional development not only benefits you but also enriches your classroom and benefits your students.
Reflect & Set Goals
Take some time to reflect on the past academic year. What worked well in your teaching practices? What could be improved? Set goals for the upcoming year, both for yourself and your students. Goal-setting provides a sense of direction and motivation to start the new year with renewed enthusiasm.
Connect with Colleagues
Summer is a great opportunity to reconnect with fellow teachers. Organize informal meet-ups, picnics, or potlucks. Sharing experiences, exchanging ideas, and supporting each other can create a stronger and more vibrant teaching community.
Pursue Passions & Hobbies
Remember those hobbies and interests you had to set aside during the busy school year? Now’s the time to pick them up again! Whether it’s painting, gardening, playing a musical instrument, or engaging in sports, invest time in your passions. These activities provide a healthy outlet for stress and enhance your overall well-being.
Volunteer & Give Back
Summer is not just about leisure; it’s also an excellent opportunity to give back to the community. Look for local volunteer opportunities that align with your interests and skills. Whether it’s tutoring, mentoring, or participating in community events, making a positive impact can be incredibly fulfilling.
Plan for the Classroom
Although it’s essential to relax during the summer, a little classroom preparation won’t hurt. Organize your teaching materials, update your lesson plans, and brainstorm fresh ideas for the upcoming year. This way, you’ll start the new school year feeling more prepared and confident.
As teachers, we play a vital role in shaping the future of our students, and to do that effectively, we need to take care of ourselves first. So, make the most of this summer vacation, embrace the sun, and let it invigorate your spirit. Here’s to a well-deserved break filled with relaxation, growth, and lots of unforgettable moments!
Enjoy your summer, and see you in the next academic year, recharged and ready to make a difference!
With sunny smiles,
Illustrated by Pop Sutthiya Lertyongphati.
Hello, fellow speaker! Are you ready to conquer the stage and captivate your audience with your words? Public speaking can be a nerve-wracking experience, but fear not! In this blog post, we’ll explore some invaluable tips to help you become a confident and engaging ‘sage on a stage’. So, grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and let’s dive in!
#1: Know Your Audience
Understanding your audience is the first step towards delivering a memorable speech. Research their demographics, interests, and knowledge level to tailor your content accordingly. Speak their language, incorporate relatable anecdotes, and address their pain points. Remember, your ultimate goal is to connect with your audience on a personal level.
#2: Structure Your Speech
A well-structured speech can make all the difference in keeping your audience engaged. Begin with a compelling opening that grabs attention, followed by a clear introduction of your topic. Organize your main points logically, supporting them with relevant examples or stories. Finally, end with a strong conclusion that leaves a lasting impression.
#3: Practice, Practice, Practice
Rehearsing your speech is crucial. Familiarize yourself with the content and practice it aloud multiple times. Pay attention to your tone, pace, and body language. Consider recording yourself or rehearsing in front of a mirror to assess your delivery. The more you practice, the more confident and natural you’ll become on stage.
#4: Embrace Non-Verbal Communication
Effective communication extends beyond words. Pay attention to your body language, facial expressions, and gestures. Stand tall, maintain eye contact, and use appropriate hand movements to enhance your message. Be mindful of your posture and avoid fidgeting. Confident body language will help you establish a strong presence and connect with your audience.
#5: Utilize Visual Aids
Visual aids can reinforce your message and make it more memorable. Use slides, props, or multimedia presentations to complement your speech. However, be cautious not to overload your audience with too many visuals. Keep them simple, clear, and visually appealing, while serving as a visual support to your spoken words.
#6: Engage Your Audience
Interaction is key to keeping your audience engaged throughout your speech. Encourage participation by asking rhetorical questions, inviting volunteers, or using audience polls. Incorporate moments for small group discussions or brief activities to break the monotony. Consider using live quizzes that the audience can participate in using their devices (e.g. Kahoot!, Blooket and Quizlet Live). Remember, an engaged audience is more likely to retain your message. They’ll also be happier and will enjoy themselves during your presentation, and you’ll be more likely to get referrals afterwards.
#7: Connect Through Storytelling
Humans are wired for stories. Incorporate personal anecdotes, real-life examples, or relevant narratives to connect with your audience emotionally. Stories evoke emotions, enhance relatability, and help your audience connect the dots. Make your speech memorable by sharing stories that resonate with your audience.
#8: Be Authentic
Authenticity is the secret ingredient to captivating your audience. Embrace your unique voice, personality, and style. Avoid imitating others or trying to be someone you’re not. Embrace your imperfections and let your genuine passion for the topic shine through. Audiences appreciate speakers who are genuine and relatable.
#9: Handle Nervousness
Even the most seasoned speakers experience nervousness. Embrace it as a natural response and use it to your advantage. Channel that energy into enthusiasm and excitement. Practice deep breathing, visualization, or other relaxation techniques before stepping on stage. Remember, nervousness is a sign that you care, and your audience wants you to succeed.
#10: Seek Feedback and Learn
After each speaking engagement, seek feedback from trusted sources. Analyze what worked well and areas that need improvement. Join public speaking clubs or workshops to refine your skills further. Remember, mastery takes time, so be patient and committed to continuous growth. If you would like to earn a Certificate in Public Speaking, then check out my Powerful Public Speaker programme, which can be delivered online wherever you are in the world (or on-site, if you happen to live in Thailand).
Congratulations! Armed with these public speaking tips, you’re well on your way to becoming an exceptional speaker. Embrace the opportunity to share your ideas, inspire change, and leave a lasting impact on your audience. Remember, every great speaker started somewhere, so don’t let fear hold you back. Embrace the stage, believe in yourself, and let your voice be heard!
Hey there, fellow educators and Instagram enthusiasts! Today, I want to talk about a nifty feature on everyone’s favorite photo-sharing platform: Instagram Threads. We all know that Instagram is great for sharing snapshots of our lives, but did you know it can also be a fantastic tool to support teaching and learning? That’s right! In this blog post, I’ll walk you through some creative ways teachers can leverage Instagram Threads to engage their students and make learning a whole lot more exciting. Let’s dive in.
#1: Creating a Private Classroom Community
Imagine having a space where you can interact with your students outside the traditional classroom setting. Instagram Threads provides just that! You can create a private group solely for your class, allowing for open discussions, sharing resources, and fostering a sense of community. It’s an excellent platform to keep the conversation going beyond the classroom walls and make learning a collaborative experience.
#2: Sharing Timely Updates and Reminders
Remember those times when you had to make last-minute announcements or reminders, and you wished your students could see them instantly? With Instagram Threads, you can quickly post updates, reminders, or even schedule them in advance. It ensures that important information reaches your students promptly, and you can bid farewell to those “I didn’t know about it!” excuses.
#3: Encouraging Visual Storytelling
Instagram is all about visual content, and Threads takes it up a notch! As a teacher, you can leverage this feature to encourage your students’ creativity through visual storytelling. Assign projects where students can capture and share images or short videos related to the topics they’re studying. It adds an exciting dimension to learning and allows students to express themselves in unique ways.
#4: Instigating Dialogue and Debates
Discussion is an integral part of education, and Threads provides an ideal platform for fostering meaningful conversations. Teachers can initiate discussions by posting thought-provoking questions or prompts related to the lesson material. Students can then respond, share their perspectives, and engage in healthy debates. This helps develop critical thinking skills and encourages active participation.
#5: Showcasing Student Work
Who doesn’t love recognition and appreciation for their hard work? Instagram Threads can be an excellent avenue for showcasing student achievements. Create a designated space to highlight exceptional projects, artwork, or any other outstanding work by your students. Not only does this motivate them, but it also inspires others and creates a positive classroom culture.
#6: Conducting Virtual Q&A Sessions
Want to provide additional support or address student queries outside regular class hours? Instagram Threads offers a seamless way to organize virtual Q&A sessions. Dedicate specific time slots where students can post their questions, and you can respond with detailed explanations or clarifications. It promotes active learning and demonstrates your commitment to student success.
Remember, while Instagram Threads can be an incredibly useful tool, it’s crucial to prioritize privacy and ensure all interactions are conducted in a safe and secure manner. Always adhere to your school’s guidelines and obtain necessary permissions from parents or guardians.
So, there you have it! Instagram Threads can be a game-changer when it comes to supporting teaching and learning. By tapping into its features, teachers can create engaging, interactive, and visually appealing learning experiences for their students. So why not give it a try? Your classroom is just a click away from a vibrant online community.
Stay connected, stay inspired, and let’s explore the incredible possibilities that Instagram Threads brings to our educational journey. Happy teaching, everyone!
Illustrated by Pop Sutthiya Lertyongphati.
Firstly, I’ll begin with a big hello and a salute to every teacher reading this right now. Many of us taught through the grueling COVID years and made it (unscathed, albeit exhausted) to the other side.
That is an achievement in and of itself.
Those of us who stayed in teaching have shown tremendous resilience. COVID destabilized so many schools and demoralized so many teachers – so much so, that more teachers are leaving the profession than those that are applying for open vacancies.
For those of us who did decide to stick to our guns, post-pandemic teaching has brought with it some new challenges that were somewhat unexpected:
- Children are fed up of doing online tasks, and now expect more human-interactivity in lessons. Teachers need to be more active within their lessons than ever before – we simply cannot get way with setting our kids some work to do whilst we check e-mails and do admin. This kind of dovetailing simply cannot happen anymore.
- AI has been thrust upon us – possibly the biggest challenge to education since COVID
- Many of our students are way behind, since they picked up misconceptions and did not learn deeply enough during the COVID years. Many of us are now trying to teach advanced concepts to children who have little foundational knowledge.
- The ways in which we taught students before COVID are not necessarily the ways we should teach students in the post-COVID years
As a result of these challenges, we need to be more organized than ever before if we are to stay in the game. So, are you ready to level up and become even more efficient? Well, you’re in luck! In this blog post, we’re going to explore five practical ways you can boost your efficiency in 2023 and beyond. Get ready to embrace new strategies, tools, and ideas that will make your teaching journey a breeze. So, let’s dive right in!
#1: Embrace the power of technology (but don’t let it take over)
In this digital age, technology is your trusty sidekick. From interactive whiteboards to educational apps, find tech tools that align with your teaching style and make your life easier. Harness the power of online platforms for grading, communication, and lesson planning. Let technology be your secret weapon in conquering classroom chaos!
- Utilise live quiz apps like Blooket, Quizlet Live, Quizziz, Kahoot! and iSpring Quizmaker to get your students interacting with lesson content. It’s important that the teacher is active during these tasks too – comment on scores along the way, use humor and walk around the classroom to help students.
- Use G Suite tools to aid with collaborative project work. Google Sheets, Docs, Sites and Slides all allow students to create high-quality outputs in real-time, in groups. Think of ways to utilize these tools to your advantage. Some ideas are given here.
- Utilise Virtual Learning Environments to share resources and communicate with your students. Google Classroom, Firefly, Moodle and Class Dojo are all great platforms that I highly recommend. Share slides and summaries ahead of time if you can – this will allow your students the opportunity to read ahead.
Technology warning – do not replace human teaching with technology-driven teaching. Whilst there’s so much great software out there that will literally teach children all they need to know about a subject or topic, the children attending school today do not want this. They’ve had enough of educational software as they were heavily exposed to it during the COVID years when they were learning remotely. It’s back to basics, I’m afraid – paper-based tasks, spatial learning and active engagement are in-vogue and will be for some time to come.
#2: Streamline Lesson Planning
Create a system that saves time and energy during lesson planning. Organize resources, templates, and activities in a central location for easy access. Collaborate with fellow teachers and share ideas to lighten the load. Remember, a well-planned lesson is a successful lesson! Read my top 7 strategies for efficient lesson planning here. Here’s a quick summary:
- Plan in a way that works for you personally: The methods of lesson planning that I use personally have changed and evolved over the course of my career, just as I have changed and evolved too. The methods I use work for me, and that allows me to express myself in the best and most natural way possible.
- Always get a quick starter activity ready: You’ll often find that there are many great workbooks full of activities and worksheets published and ready for you to use. A small investment of money in resources like this can save you loads of time that you may have spent making resources from scratch.
- Always include a quick plenary: This can be as simple as getting the students to stand at the front of the class and do some quick-fire questioning, playing a learning game or even getting groups of students to verbalize their own summary.
- Keep your plans and reuse them year after year: There’s no point in reinventing the wheel. Keep your planners safe and organised and use them again and again when you teach the same or similar content. Modify as you go along.
- Look online for Schemes of Work, Programmes of Study and lesson plans that other people have created: You’ll be surprised at the wealth of information available. I’ve personally done this many times in the past. A quick search on a search engine can pull up many documents that you can use, modify and change to suit your own lesson planning.
- Use published Schemes of Work to assist you: All examination boards produce Course Guides or syllabuses, and some will even provide Schemes of Work. Use the content from these to inform your lesson planning, particularly if you’re filling in an ‘Objectives’ or ‘Learning Outcomes’ section.
- Take a long-term view: If you teach students who will take exams in May, for example, then you should know which exact topics you’ll need to cover each month in order to give you enough time to do revision and get the students ready for their exams on time.
#3: Automate Routine Tasks
Don’t let paperwork and administrative tasks steal your precious time. Seek out apps and software that automate grading, attendance, and reporting. Free yourself from the never-ending stack of papers and focus on what you do best—teaching!
Check out these blog posts and sites for some great ideas on how to automate some of your routine work:
- Automated schools: 7 school processes you can automate [Jotform, January 2023]
- 6 Ways to Use ChatGPT to Save Time [Edutopia, March 2023]
- EdTech Evolution: Automating Administrative Tasks and Processes Using AI [Educating Adjuncts]
#4: Prioritize Self-Care
I’ve mentioned this point many times before in blog posts and podcast episodes, but I really must emphasize again that we must PRIORITIZE self-care.
When we look after ourselves, we are better able to teach. It’s that simple.
Burnt out, stressed teachers occupy too many classrooms (often through no fault of their own). We must do what we can to counteract the stressors that affect us.
Being an efficient teacher starts with taking care of yourself. Remember to recharge your batteries, both mentally and physically. Get enough sleep, exercise, and enjoy hobbies outside of the classroom. A happy teacher is a highly efficient teacher!
Read more tips on how to be a happy teacher in this great blog post by Jessica Robinson.
#5: Embrace Flexibility
The ability to adapt and be flexible is a superpower in the ever-changing world of education. Embrace innovative teaching techniques, experiment with new approaches, and adjust your lesson plans to meet your students’ evolving needs. Stay open-minded, and your efficiency will skyrocket!
Read this great blog post by Gill Murray (Founder of Alba English Class Online and Homestay) on the topic of being a flexible and adaptable teacher for some great tips you just can’t miss!
We stayed in the profession despite the massive challenges we faced during COVID, yet new challenges have presented themselves since schools reopened. Being a teacher in the post-COVID years is, and is going to be, more challenging than it has ever been before. For those of us who are tired and fed up, we MUST find ways to raise our energy levels so that we can engage our students. Our paperwork, once a task we could partly do within lessons, must be completed in our free periods and our free time – and that requires good organizational systems to be in-place.
On top of all of these new challenges we face professionally, we also find ourselves on a common personal battlefield – that of our wellbeing. Here’s a big newsflash just in case you missed the memo – your school, your district and your government are NOT responsible for your personal mental and physical health and will probably do little to help you anyway. We must prioritize our own happiness and wellbeing. For some of us (me included), this means that everything must change – from how we wake up in the morning, to how we embrace fitness opportunities and get deep, restful sleep.
Recommended further reading
- Barnum, M. (2023) “The teaching profession faces big post-pandemic challenges – Chalkbeat,” Chalkbeat [Preprint]. Available at: https://www.chalkbeat.org/2023/6/27/23774375/teachers-turnover-attrition-quitting-morale-burnout-pandemic-crisis-covid
Illustrated by Pop Sutthiya Lertyongphati.
Mobile devices seem to be infiltrating classrooms at an ever-increasing frequency as the years roll by. First, it was Walkmans (remember those?), then it was mobile phones in the late 90s. From then it progressed to iPods, then to Blackberrys, then to smart phones. The latest iteration of the digital classroom intruder, however, is more cunning and more covert than any of its ancestors (if you ignore Tamagotchis) – it’s the ninja of all learning space (invaders) – the smart watch.
Smart watches, once limited to fitness tracking and notifications, have evolved to offer a wide range of features and possibilities. These wearable devices have the potential to enhance the teaching and learning experience by providing teachers with innovative tools and students with interactive opportunities. In this blog post, we will explore how smart watches can be effectively utilized in teaching and provide valuable tips for educators who have to deal with smart watch-related incidents in the classroom.
#1: Real-time notifications and reminders
One of the key advantages of smart watches is their ability to provide instant notifications and reminders. Teachers can leverage this feature to stay organized and keep track of their schedules, meetings, and important deadlines. By syncing their calendars with smart watches, educators can receive alerts and reminders directly on their wrists, ensuring they never miss an important event or deadline.
#2: Health and wellbeing
In order to create an optimal learning environment, it is crucial for teachers to prioritize their own health and well-being. Smart watches equipped with health tracking features, such as heart rate monitors, sleep trackers, and step counters, can help educators maintain a healthy lifestyle. By keeping a close eye on their physical activity levels and sleep patterns, teachers can make informed decisions about their overall well-being, leading to improved focus and productivity in the classroom.
#3: Time management and productivity
Teachers often face the challenge of managing time effectively in the classroom. Smart watches can assist in optimizing classroom routines by serving as a discreet time management tool. With built-in timers, alarms, and stopwatches, educators can easily allocate specific time intervals for activities, presentations, or exams. This helps maintain a structured environment and ensures that students are aware of the allocated time for each task.
#4: Collaborative learning and communication
Smart watches can serve as powerful tools to facilitate collaborative learning and communication among students. With the ability to send quick messages, share files, and receive notifications, teachers can encourage student engagement and foster a sense of community within the classroom. Additionally, smart watches with voice assistants can enable hands-free communication, allowing teachers to quickly address questions or provide feedback while conducting activities.
#5: Personalized learning and differentiation
Every student learns at their own pace, and it’s important for educators to cater to individual needs. Smart watches can aid in personalized learning by offering customized reminders, progress tracking, and individualized feedback. Teachers can set up personalized notifications for students to remind them of upcoming assignments, study goals, or important events. Furthermore, smart watches can track students’ progress in physical activities, providing them with real-time feedback and motivation.
#6: Interactive teaching tools
Smart watches come with a range of interactive features that can be integrated into teaching strategies. For instance, teachers can use the stopwatch feature during science experiments or physical education classes to measure time or calculate speeds. The built-in compass can be utilized during geography lessons, and the voice recorder can assist in language learning activities. By exploring the various features of smart watches, educators can enhance their instructional methods and engage students in unique ways.
As technology continues to shape the education landscape, smart watches offer a host of possibilities for teachers to enrich the teaching and learning experience. By leveraging the real-time notifications, health tracking capabilities, and interactive tools of these wearable devices, educators can create more engaging and productive classroom environments. By embracing this technology and incorporating it into their teaching practices, teachers can stay ahead in their mission to provide quality education in a technologically driven world.
Illustrated by Pop Sutthiya Lertyongphati.
School leaders play a pivotal role in shaping the educational landscape of their communities by creating an environment that fosters growth, learning, and success for both students and teachers. Leading a school requires a unique set of skills and qualities, combining educational expertise, strong leadership abilities, and a deep understanding of the needs of all stakeholders. In this blog post, I will explore some valuable tips for school leaders to help us navigate the challenges involved with the role and maximize impact in creating a thriving school environment.
#1: Build a vision and communicate it
An effective school leader starts by developing a clear and compelling Vision and Mission for the institution. This Vision should outline the goals, values, and aspirations of the school. It acts as a guiding light for all stakeholders, inspiring them towards a common purpose. The Mission can be extension of the school’s Vision, outlining a roadmap, or application, of the schools Vision. For example:
[Our Vision is] to provide a vibrant, inclusive, and diverse learning environment that transforms lives and strengthens communities.
Our Mission is] to inspire lifelong learning, and to advance career goals by offering relevant and innovative programs.Eton College. (n.d.). Mission and History. Retrieved from https://etoncollege.ca/about-us/mission-and-history/
To ensure buy-in and success, it is essential to communicate your school’s Vision and Mission consistently: engaging students, parents, and staff members in the process. By aligning everyone’s efforts, the leader can create a unified and motivated community.
#2: Cultivate a positive school culture
This isn’t always easy to set up, but it’s essential if you want to lead your school effectively. School culture sets the tone for the entire institution. A positive and inclusive environment promotes engagement, collaboration, and student well-being. As a leader, it is crucial to nurture a culture of respect, empathy, and support. Encourage open communication, celebrate achievements, and address conflicts proactively. By modeling and reinforcing positive behavior, school leaders can foster a culture where all individuals feel valued and empowered. A comprehensive, well-planned rewards and sanctions system, for example, can really make or break a school when it comes to culture. Get your staff involved in school development through working groups and committees, and allow discussion that moves the school forward.
#3: Empower and support teachers
Here’s a no-brainer that, nevertheless, many school leaders need to hear:
- Happy teachers make happy students
- Relaxed teachers make relaxed students
- Teachers only ever feel happy and relaxed if they are TRUSTED!
The exclamation mark is necessary for that third bullet point. Enough of the pointless red tape and making teachers justify themselves every time they sanction a student, or make a difficult decision. Support your staff. Encourage and provide opportunities for professional development. Praise your staff – even a smile can be enough to make a teacher’s day (that’s not an exaggeration – as a school leader, what you say and do matters greatly to your employees).
#4: Prioritize student-centered approaches to teaching and learning
Putting students at the center of some decision-making processes can be a good way to foster a greater sense of community. School leaders should continuously strive to enhance learning experiences by creating personalized and relevant educational opportunities, perhaps by providing an extra-curricular programme that is in-line with student interests, for example. Embrace student voice and involve them in shaping their own education – perhaps through the formation of a Student Council. Discuss with your teaching team what the boundaries should be for the Student Council – we don’t want students to be running the school entirely, but we also don’t want them to have no say at all. Striking the right balance will involve planning and many discussions – with SLT, teachers and students.
#5: Foster strong partnerships
No school is an island – embrance opportunites to involve the wider community, such as parents, local businesses and charities.
Actively engage parents in their children’s education by organizing regular communication channels, parent-teacher conferences, and involvement in school activities. In addition to this, establishing partnerships with local businesses, organizations, and universities is often a very effective way to expand educational opportunities for students, and requires minimal effort (an email is often enough to get the ball rolling).
By creating long-lasting professional ties, school leaders can create a support network that enriches many aspects of school life.
#6: Embrace data-driven decision making
Data can provide valuable insights into student performance, teacher effectiveness, and overall school progress. School leaders should implement effective data collection and analysis systems to inform decision making. Identify areas for improvement, set measurable goals, and regularly monitor progress. By using data to drive strategic initiatives, leaders can make informed choices that positively impact student outcomes.
Being a school leader is a challenging and rewarding role that requires a diverse range of skills and qualities. By following the tips I have outlined above, school leaders can create an environment that nurtures success and supports the growth of both students and teachers. By building a compelling vision, fostering a positive school culture, empowering teachers, prioritizing student-centered approaches, fostering partnerships, and embracing data-driven decision making, school leaders can make a lasting impact on the educational journey of their students and the overall success of their institution.