Resources for Growing Your School Library

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April is National School Library Month! We know that building and growing a school library is extremely challenging. This month’s resources aim to provide you with ideas and resources to grow and develop your school or classroom libraries.

Collecting Books and Building a Library Space at Your School

Resources For Classroom Libraries

  • Check out these free classroom library tools like book bin/shelf cards, classroom posters, and more from Follett Learning.
  • Make labeling your books easy with this reading level chart from Booksource.
  • Check out classroom books to students right from your phone with this free Classroom Checkout App!

Resources For School-Wide Libraries

Digital Library Options

  • Several free apps make it possible to access digital books through your local library instantly! All students, parents, or teachers need is a library card! Check out Hoopla Digital or Libby to learn more.
  • EPIC also offers educators access to thousands of high-quality books for free in the classroom!
  • Explore other free options for digital reading in this blog post from Differentiated Teaching!

Did You Know?

  • The Student Learning and Partner Success team at Step Up for Students is hosting a Choice in Education Celebration for teachers in May with inspiring speakers, giveaways, and more! This FREE event is open to all SUFS school leaders and educators. Click here to register!
  • Step Up for Students has a blog called reimaginED that examines and reports on how expanded education choice options are transforming K-12 education in Florida and the nation. The most recent article explores the law that was just passed expanding the scholarship program to law enforcement officers. Read the story here and be sure to subscribe! 

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School Safety in the Era of COVID-19

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There are a lot of safety concerns to consider when going back to school in the Fall, especially in our current battle with the COVID-19 Pandemic. This month’s resources aim to help administrators check & prep their Emergency Action Plans, both for the COVID-19 concerns and school wide safety in general.
Planning & Guidance for COVID-19 Pandemic:


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.

Conscious Discipline Core is a series of online professional learning sessions divided into three key areas of focus: Safety, Connection and Problem-Solving. These core sessions create a strong foundation in the basic skills, powers and structures necessary to handle the unique challenges of schooling in a COVID-19 age. Participants can select the age-specific grades they teach to focus on, and there is also a track designed for Administrators, Specials (e.g. Music, Physical Education or Art) or Special Needs.

Click here to access individual registration is $1,000 or Site Registration can be purchased for $2,500 for up to 25 participants.

School-wide General Emergency Action Plans:

Do you have a “Decision Tree” to help guide your decisions to open, close, or adjust schedules?

Other Guidance from State & National Gov:

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#ThankAPrincipal: Resources for You!

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October is National Principals Month! This month, we wanted to provide you with resources to help you learn and grow as an administrator. Explore the webinars, inspirational articles, and resources linked below. Thank you for all that you do to support your schools! #ThankAPrincipal


  • Struggling to make changes at your school? Do you feel like the mountain is too high to climb? See how a principal in Vero Beach, Florida transformed her school from an F to a C rating. Watch the video and read the article from NAESP here.
  • No matter what area of school improvement you are trying to impact, the Office of Student Learning has tools and ideas to help you get started! Check out our padlet full of free resources, guides, templates, and checklists for topics like school improvement, fundraising, compliance, safety, achievement testing, and so much more! Click here to explore the resources.
Professional Development Resources to Sharpen Your Saw

As administrators, sometimes we spend so much time and effort on professional learning for teachers, that we forget the importance of sharpening our own saws! Explore these free webinars and online learning options unique to administrators.  

Check out these other exciting free resources for your school!
  • Reading Eggs through Edmentum: Looking for support for your struggling readers aged 2-13? Reading Eggs is an award-winning program that uses games to engage students in learning to read. Reading Eggs is offering a FREE 4-week trial through October 31st.
  • Book It!: BOOK IT! motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition and pizza from Pizza Hut. The program is simple, flexible, fun and free to use in your classroom! BOOK IT! was created in 1984 and currently reaches more than 14 million students and 37,000 K-6 grade schools annually.
  • Lead4change: Lead4Change is a FREE leadership program where students identify and use their leadership skills by doing a service project. The ready to use lesson plans will take you through the steps of leadership and service. All resources are available to registered members for free.

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End of the Year Resources

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We know that May is a busy month for administrators. This month’s post aims to provide resources for your end of the year responsibilities!

Spring Assessment:

Use Spring assessment data to plan for new school year. Remember it is important to share the Spring assessment results with students to increase motivation and student accountability!

  • Check out this article from NWEA on how to use your Spring assessment data to reflect and do some end of the year planning.
Planning for the Future:

Connect to organizations that benefit private schools & explore resources on accreditation.

  • Why should I care about accreditation? School accreditation is often considered the cornerstone of the educational quality control process. It provides documentation that your school has met the standards of quality established as best practice within the private school community and allows your school to stay independent while also acknowledging that you are open to a higher level of accountability. While accreditation is voluntary, it does show a greater degree of transparency to all stakeholders and everyone who has an interest in the school in any capacity.
Management of Facilities:

Get a jump on building maintenance, inventory, and safety.