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Summertime Success: How Principals Can Collaborate with Innovageous to Prepare for the New School Year

As former school and district leaders who established an education consulting firm, we had the unique privilege of experiencing both sides of the educational equation. From the day-to-day management of school and department operations to the strategic oversight of district-wide initiatives, we’ve seen firsthand the challenges and opportunities that shape our educational landscape. The summer is a key time to intentionally plan and prepare for the upcoming school year, and we want to share some insights on areas that principals are constantly thinking about, and how we can collaborate with you to implement innovative and courageous solutions.

High-Quality, Flexible Professional Development for Staff

One of the highest priorities for any school leader is ensuring that their staff is equipped with the skills and knowledge to meet the diverse needs of their students. Traditional professional development often falls short because it can be unengaging and not tailored to the unique context of each school. At Innovageous, we work with principals to design and implement professional development programs that are both high-quality and flexible.

This could include:

  • Customized Learning Plans: Tailoring professional development to meet the specific needs and interests of individual teachers through differentiated approaches and topics.

  • Blended Learning Models: Combining in-person workshops with online asynchronous sessions to provide teachers with the flexibility to learn at their own pace.

  • Collaborative Learning Communities: Facilitating peer-to-peer learning and deep discussions through documented processes and protocols that promote co-planning and collaboration to deepen learning and achievement. 

By collaborating with our team, principals can ensure that professional development is not just a checkbox activity, but a transformative experience that drives continuous improvement across the school. 

Engaging Families in Their Child’s Learning

Family engagement is a cornerstone of student success, yet it remains a challenge for many schools. It’s so important to create meaningful partnerships with families and involve them in their child's educational journey.

Here are some ways that we can tackle this together:

  • Parent/Caregiver Workshops & Training: Offering sessions that equip parents and caregivers with strategies to support their children at home.

  • Family-Inclusive Events: Organizing events that bring families into the school environment in a welcoming and inclusive way, as part of an established school event or as a stand alone activity.

  • Family Engagement Planning: Creating a plan that outlines activities, strategies, and communications that engage families in the school community.

We can work alongside principals to develop and implement comprehensive family engagement activities that are culturally responsive and tailored to the community’s needs.

Communication & Marketing Tools for the Community

In today's educational landscape, effective communication and marketing are essential in sharing key information and the school’s story. Schools need to not only inform but also inspire  and be accessible to their communities.

Here's how our Innovageous team can build capacity:

  • Branding & Messaging: Helping schools craft a clear and compelling narrative that reflects their values and achievements, and provides aligned communication to stakeholders.

  • Digital Presence: Enhancing the school’s online presence through creating templates that promote active engagement on social media and the school’s website.

  • Community Outreach: Developing strategies for building relationships with local businesses, organizations, and media to foster community support.

By leveraging the deep experience of our Innovageous communications and design team, principals can enhance their school’s visibility and reputation, ensuring that the community is informed, engaged, and supported in an aligned way.

Creating Innovative After-School Programs & Activities

After-school programs are more than just childcare—they’re opportunities for enrichment, exploration, and growth. Designing and sustaining these programs can be challenging.

Our Innovageous team can bring innovative ideas to the table:

  • Schedule & Program Development: Creating program schedules, procedures, and systems that ensure smooth and successful after school programming.

  • Activity Toolkits: Developing interactive activity toolkits that integrate STEM, arts, reading and writing, SEL, career exploration and healthy living into hands-on activities.

  • Partnerships with Local Organizations: Collaborating with community organizations to develop diverse and enriching after-school opportunities.

Working with Innovageous, principals can create after-school programs that not only keep students safe but also ignite their passions and enhance their learning.

The Power of Collaboration

The journey from principals to consultants have taught us the power of collaboration. By working together, we can address these common challenges with innovative and courageous solutions. Our team can bring a fresh perspective, specialized knowledge, and an outside-in view that can complement the principal's deep understanding of their school community.

Let's bridge the gaps and build a future where every student thrives. Together, we can turn challenges into opportunities and make our schools vibrant centers of learning and growth.

There’s no better time than now, during this summer, to initiate a partnership with our team! Reach out to us at or visit our services page to learn more about how we can support your organization with these services and more!


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