Uniform or no uniform: that is the question!

Ashley BellomySchool Management

uniforms

A NCES survey showed that more than half of all private schools in the US require uniforms as part of their dress code. There’s no official rule that says private schools have to adhere to a uniform dress code, but often administrators at private schools choose to do so. So, what’s your plan for students: uniforms or no uniforms? Here … Read More

4 tips to help with teacher recruitment

Gary FalconSchool Management

As we end this year and start thinking about next year, it is time for those of you planning to open your new schools next year to start recruiting and hiring teachers. In many schools, this is the time where final evaluations are taking place and contract extensions for next year and being offered. In order to find well-qualified teachers … Read More

Pros and cons of ability-level grouping instead of grade levels

Gary FalconSchool Management

You’ve thought about your curriculum and you know what kind of school you want to be. Things are coming together with your new school planning, but there are always new things to consider. One option you have as a private school is getting to decide how students will be grouped – by age groups, as is traditional in schools, or … Read More

Social-Emotional Learning basics for your school

Gary FalconSchool Management, Teacher Resources

The idea that social and emotional learning is a crucial part of education isn’t a new one. SEL has been an integral part of curriculum in lower elementary grades for decades, but typically loses classtime in favor of academic instruction as students get older. Looking for a primer on what SEL is? Look no further. SEL consists of five main … Read More

Gamify your classroom with these 5 tips

Gary FalconSchool Management, Teacher Resources

One of the educational buzzwords making its rounds over the last several years is “gamification” of learning. In short, gamification helps motivate students making curriculum and learning more like the video games that attract the attention of our students. Gamification typically entails some kind of task-based challenges with awards or recognition at the end to entice students to participate. Liz … Read More

Happy holidays from Twine

Gary FalconSchool Management

It is hard to believe 2018 is nearly over. As the relief of winter break edges near, we’d like to take the time to wish you a wonderful and restful holiday season. Too often, teachers and school staff charge into winter break with intentions of revamping lesson plans, doing prep for next semester, or even finishing up grading and grade … Read More

Make sure you know your state’s regulations about starting a new school

Gary FalconSchool Management

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re somewhere along the process of starting a new school. You’ve probably spent some time envisioning what you’d like your school to be like, and maybe even begun the process of setting your school up. One thing that is absolutely crucial to your success is knowing and understanding the state regulations for opening … Read More

Switch to virtual PLCs for more efficient teachers and better results

Gary FalconSchool Management

One of the challenges of running a small school is providing the support and professional development that allows teachers to continuously improve and stay engaged These small groups of teachers work together to identify and tackle problems within their school or district and find ways to improve their pedagogy in the process. Of course, it can be difficult for teachers … Read More

Using flexible seating to make your classrooms student-centered

Gary FalconSchool Management, Teacher Resources

The idea of flexible seating—allowing students to sit wherever they want around the room in various types of seats from exercise balls to milk crates, to bean bag chairs — has gained some traction over the last several years. The idea is that students, especially young students, need a chance to move, fidget, and sit in different ways throughout the … Read More

Make planning your new school a breeze with Twine

Gary FalconProduct Features, School Management

So, you’re planning to open a new school. Congrats! This adventure is hard work, but incredibly rewarding. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, there are quite a few steps involved in the planning process, as detailed in our guide to starting a private school. Many of these tasks entail feedback or other involvement by your team of mentors, partners, or future … Read More