A welcoming school campus leads to high levels of engagement and commitment to teaching and learning. This goes beyond customer service. It is about a sense of belonging and ownership.
Take a look around—determine who is being welcomed and primed for a remarkable experience. Involve your staff in brainstorming out-of-the-box ideas for making everyone feel welcomed and valued.
Consider rolling out the red carpet—literally!
Write positive notes home to all students in the first month of school.
Greet everyone with a smile or maybe your signature handshake.
Have your school band perform near the student drop off to greet the students and parents.
As the leader, find out who your new students are this year and challenge yourself to learn their names.
For more information on this topic, check out Douglas Fisher’s book, “How to Create a Culture of Achievement in Your School and Classroom.”