Classroom Management Resources for the New School Year

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Welcome to the start of an exciting new school year! This month’s resources are dedicated to implementing effective classroom management. We hope these resources are useful as you help your teachers prepare for the new year.

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Don’t Let Parent Teacher Conferences Scare You!

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October is known to be a month full of scares, but parent teacher conferences shouldn’t cause you any fear! This month we’ve put together resources to help you tackle your upcoming conferences with ease. Check out the tips below for both in-person and virtual conferences!

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Resources for Supporting Teachers’ Mental Health in Difficult Times

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We know this time of the year is especially stressful for educators. This year more than any other, we know your teachers are juggling a lot. This month’s resources are dedicated to helping administrators support the mental and emotional well-being of their staff members.

Strengthen Your Leadership in Difficult Times:

Share Mental Health Resources & Tips with your Staff:

Don’t Miss Our Giveaway!

For National STEM Day we are giving away a sample of simulated dirt from Mars to one lucky teacher! Experiment with different soil types by growing plants in “dirt” that is similar to the surface of Mars.  Click here to enter!

OESE Back-to-School Success Stories (See examples HERE)

  • The U.S Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, and the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), Frank Brogan, have spent the past few months discussing the importance of returning to school. To submit a testimonial about how your school is thriving with your students back in person, please reach out to: Step Up For Students would love to see our schools spotlighted nationally!

Don’t Forget! Nominate a student for the 2020 Virtual Rising Stars Awards. Nominations due December 4th. Click here to nominate today!


Is Your School Trauma Sensitive? Free Resources to Support Trauma-Informed Practices in Your School

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Now more than ever, it is important for schools to be ready to address the emotional needs of students during these unprecedented times. This month’s collection of trauma-informed resources for administrators will help you get a head start on supporting students’ needs in the fall.


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Free Professional Learning to Support Trauma-Informed Practices in Your Classroom Next Year

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We know that many of our students will come back to us next year after having experienced rough situations at home. This month’s collection of Trauma-Informed Instruction resources will help you plan ahead for some of your students’ needs in the fall.


AVID is a national non-profit that delivers professional learning to more than 85,000 educators each year so they can close the gap and prepare all students. Attend AVID Discover as a non-AVID school for just the cost of registration. Cost for this program can be covered by ESSER funding through your district, the Private School Stabilization funds (more info to come on this from Step Up), Title II, Part A or Title IV, Part A. Learn effective AVID online teaching methods that will also transfer to the face to face classroom setting.

Click here to register for the July 22-24 online training and receive online coaching throughout the year for only $995.

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Professional Learning Ideas to Improve Cultural Responsiveness at Your School All Year!

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As you know, February is Black History Month. We know that school leaders are always looking for new ways to lead their school communities to positive change and growth.This month we hope to connect administrators to inspiring resources that encourage cultural responsiveness and inclusion not just in February, but all year!
Check out the articles, webinars, and professional learning options below and be sure to share them with your teaching staff!

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Start the New Year with Resources for Student Goal Setting!

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Explore these goal setting resources to start the New Year on the right foot:
Consider setting your own classroom management goal to help you start the year off right!
Don’t forget! Registration for the 2020 SUFS Choice in Education Conference opens January 28th. Click here to learn more.
Rising Stars Award Nominations close on January 31st! Click here to learn more and nominate today.

What No One Told You About Classroom Management: How to Avoid the Classroom Behavior Blues

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This year, the Office of Student Learning is offering a professional learning series centered around effective classroom instruction. One of the most important components of effective instruction is the classroom environment & culture. Come learn how to alleviate your classroom behavior woes by rethinking classroom management! Explore strategies to create and sustain a positive classroom environment and culture of learning. Check out the full course description below.

Rethinking Classroom Management: Creating and Sustaining a Classroom Culture of Learning

This course focuses on strategies teachers can use to build a positive classroom culture instead of managing students with negative reinforcements or token economies. The goal of this training will be to help participants:

  • Emphasize culture over management.
  • Maintain firm boundaries with dignity and respect for all.
  • Establish clear procedures and rules with student input.
  • Prioritize building relationships.

If you are interested in this training please contact your regional coordinator to discuss available sessions in your area, or to schedule a session at your school. Click here to find your regional coordinator’s contact information!

Ask about the other courses in our effective instruction series:
  • Unpacking Unit Plans to Create Clear Learning Goals
  • Planning, Presenting, and Understanding New Knowledge

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Start the Year Off Right by Building a Positive Staff Culture

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One of the most important priorities for the new school year is fostering a positive school and staff culture. This month’s resources will support your efforts to plan effective faculty meetings, build positive school culture, and schedule meaningful professional learning.

Building a Positive Culture

Improving Faculty Meetings

Professional Learning

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Making the First Days Meaningful

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With the start of school quickly approaching, we wanted to provide some resources for your pre-planning needs! Explore our unit planning resources to get a jump on the year. Learn about ways to create a positive classroom culture from day one! Get to know your students in a way that helps you plan instruction. Plan creative ways to communicate procedures & expectations to make the most of the first few days of school!

Unit Planning Resources:
Get to Know Your Students:
Create a Positive Classroom Culture:
  • Explore this article on classroom culture with some compelling do’s and don’ts for the start to your year!
  • Check out this article from TeachingChannel on the importance of building class culture as a foundation for classroom management.
  • Check out our free training from the Step Up for Students Office of Student Learning on “Rethinking Classroom Management.”
Communicate Procedures & Expectations:
To Register for training from the Office of Student Learning:
  • Go to
  • Click on the Lesson Planning or Classroom Management.
  • Register for a course in your region. Trainings are currently being scheduled and more will be added throughout the year. If you are interested in hosting any of these trainings at your school, contact your regional coordinator!