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Tools for Learning Schools, Fall 2013, Vol. 17, No. 1

Sep 17, 2013

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Celebrate professional transitions and successes to drive and sustain implementation

By Anthony Armstrong

Image of balloonsCelebrations are an important component for high-quality learning communities and are critical to effective change. See how a middle school principal makes celebrations a norm in her school’s learning community and brings people together during change efforts to celebrate each other’s professional learning.

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Tool: A dozen reasons to celebrate

Use this tool to offer an opportunity for your educators to pause and reflect about their accomplishments in the first several months of school, or to create a new beginning for the remainder of the year.

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Tool: Celebration brainstorming

Use this tool to bring participants together to hear and discuss rationales for celebrations and recognition.

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Tool: Planning celebrations

Use this tool to engage participants in reflecting on powerful celebrations and then plan celebrations for the year.

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