Today is School Principals’ Day — the perfect opportunity to say “thank you” to school leaders everywhere and to honor their hard work and dedication. The job of a school principal is a challenging one, to say the least. Not only do they juggle multiple responsibilities — from managing administrative tasks to selecting the school’s curriculum — but they also play a key role in setting up their teachers and students for success. To celebrate the day, we’re highlighting the ways in which three school leaders have supported their teachers through TpT.
Providing Resources for Success
As the principal of North Cobb Christian, Wendy Titus strives to make sure her teachers have the resources they need to be successful. “I do my very best to say ‘yes’ as much as possible,” Wendy says. “I don’t want teachers to feel like they can’t do things or do their jobs because they don’t have enough.” For a long time, the teachers at her school were purchasing resources from TpT with their own money, so she signed up for a school account to get them what they needed to feel prepared.
Reducing Out-of-Pocket Expenses
Kelli Brower, the literacy coach of Plantation Key School, lobbied her PTO to get the funds for the resources teachers wanted from TpT. “I have a lot of teachers who spend a lot of money on TpT,” Kelli says. “I was able to get [TpT purchases] funded so that teachers were spending less of their own money out of pocket.” Because of her efforts, teachers at her school now have another quality instructional tool in their toolbox that they can leverage.
Giving Teachers the Freedom to Choose
Each year, the PTO at the Academy of St. Bartholomew provides funds for each teacher to spend on his or her classroom. Traditionally, they give each teacher a gift certificate to a teacher supply store. However, what the teachers really wanted was curriculum supplements. Assistant Principal Richard Kaliszewski advocated for his teachers’ needs and asked if this year’s donation could be made directly to the school’s TpT account. “[Now] my teachers have the freedom to select resources that are best for their classroom needs,” Richard says. “This should be a best practice for other schools to follow, as productivity and collaboration have increased as a result.”
Learn more about how principals are using TpT at Schools.TeachersPayTeachers.com.