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Rules of the Road
- Call/refer early, even when the situation is not clear. Early professional advice can save time, money and careers.
- Don’t assume the central office or superintendent understands the good work you do.
- Develop your own public relations plan for different audiences (i.e., parents, teachers, staff).
- Prepare highlights/accomplishments to send to your supervisor as part of the evaluation process.
- If inaccurate information is included in letters or evaluations, respond with a letter that “gives the facts.”
- Use climate surveys to your advantage! Run your own survey every two or three years using broad-based survey or accreditation instruments.
- If there are legitimate performance/evaluation concerns, address them with specific improvement plans.
- Keep notes/timeline on school division meetings and actions that impact your career.
- If you are not feeling good about the job or your performance, consider the alternatives.
- Keep your professional files current.