One of the best ways in which you can better school management processes and systems in your school is to set up professional learning communities. It is common knowledge that conventional professional development can be a rather pricey affair. There are so many expenses to take care of over here such as fees to be paid to speakers, hiring substitute teachers in order to cover the classes, and the expenses to be made towards texts. Experts also say that the present model of professional development – with a couple of meetings and workshops strewn around here and there – also does not always produce the desired results.
Partnering with researchers
All around you would see universities and colleges trying their best to come up with classroom lessons that are innovative. They are always trying to find out the quality of new educational technologies, and come up with instructional practices that can prove to be effective for them. For example, at certain universities researchers are looking at ways in which children’s literature, which is highly interactive and visual in nature, can help improve the writing and reading skills of the students. As a result of such research teachers in these classrooms are now getting lesson plans, ideas, and materials that they are able to use for years to come.
Encouraging teachers to use social networking sites
When it comes to schools there is always plenty of discussion on how students are either using or misusing social networking sites such as Facebook. However, these social networking sites can be highly useful for the teachers and they can help improve school performance as well. From these websites, teachers can get proper ideas about how they would be able to teach different subjects and books in the class that they otherwise find difficult to deal with.
Collaborating on priority
As far as theory goes most schools want their teachers to join forces with each other in order to create lessons, share various resources and ideas, and address the individual learning needs of the students. However, the truth of the matter is that in most cases they do not really have the time to do so. In most cases, the maximum break that teachers have between classes is 20 minutes and at times it can come down to 5 minutes as well. It is little time to have any meaningful discussion with your colleagues as such. This is where you administrators need to think and think hard.
Managing and sharing data
School administrators need to make allowance for platforms to be used in their school that would make it easier for all stakeholders to manage data and shares it around as well. By using such platforms they would be able to take care of data pertaining to the students. This would be especially beneficial for the teachers as they would now have access to the grades, attendance, test scores, and other important details of their students. Through such dashboard based systems, you too would be able to review in a short span of time how well your students are doing.
Using the free digital tools
If you want to get the teachers all geed up when it comes to using technology and media in your classroom you first need to show them the tools that they can play with. You can start with the free digital tools in this instance. These days, there are plenty of such educational tools available all around you that allow you to do what you want.
Apart from this, you can also take some other steps like reducing the fixed costs, sharing work, turning energy savings into new equipment, and taking a fresh look at staffing related requirements.