Create An Administrator Binder- Principal, Assistant Principal, Director

I have shared my principal binder with you many times over the years.  Each year, I try and perfect the design and layout.  I think this may be right at perfection.  Take a look at the binders that have been recently updated.  I hope to have all my other binders updated very soon.

I surveyed over 100+ school leaders to see what they would like me to include or change.  Here are their responses:

  • make several pages editable 
  • make the pages ink-friendly
  • remove any dates to keep it from being printed year-after-year.


How to Edit:

You will need to download the FREE version of Adobe Reader.  Adobe allows you to add your own text to the forms.  However, if you do not prefer the digital format, the PDF's can be printed.  Simply print and write on each form.

Calendars - Two Layouts

Daily - Glance at Your Day (Week-by-Week)

Monthly - Glance at Your Month

 Here is a look at the printed calendar.  Since I love to focus on Staff/Student Morale, I made a section to plan each month's morale booster ideas!  There is a space for staff birthdays, Morale Booster Ideas, and Celebrations/Recognitions for Staff and Students!  Never miss an opportunity to celebrate all the great things you are doing.


The files come in a zipped folder.  Just unzip the folder and all the files are labeled so you can quickly locate what you need.

If the technology pieces worry you, no fear!  I even created a 5 page handout (included in the zipped folder) for your reference.

Ready to download?  Here's the link to my TpT Store


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Lead Your School with Purpose

On Sunday, I attended church service that left me inspired.  I love the sermon- Restart in My Purpose.    The sermon was about how we all have a purpose in this life.  Sometimes we go through life fulfilling day-to-day tasks never thinking about that purpose.  We aren't on this earth just to be present.

I couldn't help but make a connection to our career paths.  What is your purpose in your position?  Most of the time your purpose is related to your passion.

My passion came immediately to mind.  I love to invest in others.  I want others to win.  I want the men and women leading our schools to know I'm rooting for them to win.  I hope this blog platform helps to make your job easier by providing just what you need.

I truly hope my passion comes across to you in my blog posts.  Today, my wish is to leave you inspired to have an amazing Purpose-Driven Leadership.   Lead with all intention to do good for your students, your teachers, and your community.

All great achievements start with a passion.  Passion fuels you.  It motivates you to keep going even when you think you have nothing else to give.  Grab hold of your passion.  Your passion is needed to discover your purpose.

Purpose is Necessary

People seek purpose.  We all want to feel that our lives have a deeper meaning that goes beyond the paychecks.  When you feel and your team feels like what they do matters, your school will succeed.

Today, if you haven't found your purpose, take a look at what brings you fulfillment.  What motivates you to do what you do?  Share your purpose and your passion with your team.

Begin and end every week with letting your team know they are part of something big...something great...  They are all part of something very important.

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School Scratch Off Tickets- EASY

Do you feel excitement every time you scratch off a lotto ticket?  The thrill of winning something is invigorating.  

Scratch off tickets- an easy motivating tool for students and staff.  The best part is that the scratch offs don't involve paint.  Can I get an Amen?  No mess, no fuss!  All you need to do is add your own text and cover the prize area with a scratch off sticker.

I found the scratch off stickers on Amazon.  You can locate them here for silver and here for gold.  You all know how much I love gold.

The packet has 100 stickers.  One set sells around $8.  They arrived in two days by mail.   I did find out that Hobby Lobby also carries them.  

As you can see the stickers are about the size of a quarter.

I printed my tickets on cardstock and simply added the sticker over the prize area.  Hand them out to your teachers and students.  The prize area is editable.  This allows you to customize your prizes.  

Printing is easy for me since I now how the HP Instant Ink Service.  You can read here about how I can print hundreds of pages using colored ink for less than $9 a month.  If you are not part of the service, I highly recommend it.   If not, I did make some of the cards with white backgrounds.

Special seating, Lunch with the Principal, Treasure Box Reward, etc...

*Note- Not every card has to have a reward.  That is something you could explain to your students.  After all, it is a lotto ticket.   Sometimes you win...sometimes you try again.

Jean Day, Leave Early, Arrive Late, Skip Afternoon Duty, etc...


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The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Successes with Students and Teachers (FREE)

Are you needing ideas on ways to celebrate with your students and teachers?  Check out The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Successes with Students and Teachers.  

The Ultimate Guide comes digitally so you can choose to print or keep as a digital reference.  I wanted all list of wonderful ways to celebrate students all in one place.  As I was creating this, I asked some of my educational bloggers to share some of their resources too.

The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Successes with Students and Teachers is a FREE download.


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I decided to laminate my guidebook and bind it for my desk.  This just works for me.  If you choose to do the same, I have included the sites of where the resources are located.  When using the digital file, I have included links directly to the location.

Most everything in the Guidebook can be downloaded for FREE.

Take a look at how a student can recognize another student with this You Are Spot On Award.

You Are Spot On
You Are Spot On is an award from one student to another student.  The staff version is called UP Award.  I love the idea of students recognizing other students for their leadership and the ability to go above and beyond.  Sometimes there is more meaning in the award when another student gives the award.  This creates a tight family-type atmosphere.  We need more of this!  This is the kind of world I want to live in.

UP Award
The UP award stands for Unleashed the Potential.  Instead of an administrator nominating awards for their teachers, colleagues are nominating other colleagues.  This is the same idea as the student version, You Are Spot On. 

We need to do more celebrating the excellent people we work with.  Faculty and staff recognition is important to the culture of your school.  Showing appreciation for those we work with is one of the many things that makes your school a great place to be.  

Our Success Stories
Creating a success stories jar is easy.  Just print out the cards and pass them out.  Teachers can submit their own successes, their student successes, or add a success from a colleague.  

Share the successes with your staff at your next faculty meeting, through email, or in small group meet-ups.  Just pull a few cards out of the jar each week and share.  After sharing, place the card on a bulletin board so everyone can continue to read them throughout the year.

Sharing our successes is a great morale booster.  We should create an environment where it is okay to "toot our horns."  

Your greatest asset is your students, staff, and families.  Without them very little would be achieved.  Systems of recognition and rewards help maintain a culture of motivation, unity and work satisfaction.  Happy employees are more loyal and hard-working.

Keep the energy alive.   Motivate through celebrating the great work that's happening on your campus!

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