Since 2005, the most popular issue of Just for the ASKing!
has been The Opening of School Checklist
; it was first published in July 2005 and is updated and published each July. It is updated each year to reflect new developments in the educational world. It includes over 100 tasks to consider in the focus areas of teaching staff, students, parents, community, and building.
Instructional Leadership Tools and Templates
Excerpts from Why Didn’t I Learn This in College?
19 (plus 1) Questions Your Child’s Teacher Would (Probably) Love to Answer
Accelerated Participation in AP Report
From the School District of Palm Beach County Florida
Data Collection Tool: Use of Collaborative Norms
Data Review Questions
Dignity for All Students
The New York State Dignity for All Student Act
A Resource and Promising Practices Guide for School Administrators and Faculty
Ethical and Professional Dilemmas for Educators
From Connecticut’s Teacher Education and Mentoring Program
Funding Request Template
Non-Negotiables for Creating a Culture for Learning
Observable Conditions for Learning
Standards-Based Education Learning Walk
Self-Assessment: Classroom Assessment
Self-Assessment: Formats for Professional Learning
Top Ten Questions
Ways We Want Our Schools to Be: From Inside Collaborative Classroom
Yesterday and Today: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Yesterday and Today Moving to 21st Century Thinking Skills
Yesterday and Today: Standards for Educational Leaders 2015
A few of our favorite issues of Just for the ASKing! that focus on instructional leadership are listed below. Visit the Just ASK Resource Center to access these issues and over 15 more directly related to this focus on instructional leadership.
The ideas presented in this checklist are based on personal experiences as well as input from building administrators and other school personnel. We know that not all suggestions will apply to all schools, but those that do not apply may cause you to think of others we neglected to include. In addition to specific tasks to be accomplished as the school year ends, we are including some guiding principles to consider as the school year ends.