This morning at the administrator's breakfast one of the questions posed to the group was how to keep staff and students focused on academics during these last few weeks of school. My daughter has a case of "senioritis," which means I regularly hear exactly how many days of school are left.
Staff and students both need regular pep talks--reminders that these last few weeks are vitally important. In many new charter schools, especially the schools in their first year of operation, it takes an incredible amount of dedication to make it through the home stretch. The first year is just plain hard! It's much the same for a first-year teacher. Sometimes it seems like there's no way of actually reaching the goal (the last day of school).
To all the staff and students in Colorado's charter schools, you've done a great job focusing on increasing student achievement this year, keep it up for XX more days!