Back to School Night. 9th grade orientation. Open House. First Day of School. Pep Rallies. These are a but a few of the events that regularly occur every school year.
Operate from the perspective that you will that you will be principal for a few years and follow these four tips to ensure your annual events are always better each year:
- Keep a record of all of your notes, agendas, and planning materials for these events in a folder (digital or traditional). Don’t throw away all of the planning material as it provides insight into the actual preparation process
- Solicit feedback from your staff and other stakeholders immediately following the event and add that feedback plus your own to your folder
- Schedule a recurring planning meeting for the event that occurs about 2-3 weeks ahead of the actual event date so you will always be reminded by your calendar program to begin planning. A further step would be to include important feedback or reminders of things to change in the recurring appointment
- Update your planning checklist immediately following the event. If you don’t use checklists, now is a good time to start.
Most of the things we do in education are cyclical and if you master this process you will reduce your stress and annual planning effort.
How else can you ensure your annual events are always better each year?