Today's Newsletter: Preparing For the School Year

T&L Advisor Guest post — Henry Thiele, Chief Technology Officer for District 207 in Park Ridge, IL: So often, we begin our school years with two huge disadvantages: (1) we are not always sure of our products and (2) we are stuck using the same strategies and procedures we have used in the past. The start of a new year should be a time to consider adapting and changing, and to enter into each challenge with tangible outcomes in mind. Before the avalanche of the first days of school begin, establish some goals. What will you and your students create and produce this year? Where are the points where you can flex your vision to meet the needs and interests of those around you? Who are your resources that you will tap into on the way to accomplishing your plan? How will you hold yourself accountable to your vision? In these last few weeks of summer, build a plan and find a network to help you succeed. Make sure these plans include time to celebrate your accomplishments this time next year.