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Building School Culture One Week at a Time

1st Edition

By Jeffrey Zoul


176 pages

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Use Friday Focus memos to motivate and engage your staff every week, and help create a school culture focused on the growth of students and teachers.

Easy to understand and implement, Friday Focus memos offer an effective and efficient way to improve student learning, staff development, and school culture from within. Written by educational consultant and former principal of two award-winning schools, Jeffrey Zoul, these memos focus on topics such as active learning, high expectations, gratitude, test preparation, and more. Zoul provides 37 teaching and learning memos, one for each week of the school year, for principals and other administrators to reproduce and circulate among their staff.

Zoul prefaces each memo with stories from his experiences as a teacher, coach, and assistant principal in the K-12 levels. You can also write your own memos, with guidance on possible topics and teacher takeaways. Other memo topics include:

  • The heart of coaching
  • A community of leaders
  • Homework perspectives
  • Response to intervention basics
  • Principles of great teaching

Table of Contents


1. Laying the Groundwork

2. A Culture of Care

3. Standards for School Performance

4. Curriculum: An Action, Not a Thing

5. Active Learning

6. Background Knowledge: The Foundation

7. Differentiated Instruction Defined

8. Expecting the Best

9. Graphic Organizers

10. Differentiated Instruction Practices

11. Lesson Closure

12. A Collaborative Learning Culture

13. The Heart of Coaching

14. A Culture of Gratitude

15. A Community of Leaders

16. Making it Stick

17. Teaching Organization Skills

18. A Culture of Giving

19. Stretching the Culture for Powerful Learning

20. Creating a Vision

21. Homework Perspectives

22. And more!

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