Motivate Your Staff to the Finish Line!

May 06 12PM
Motivate Your Staff to the Finish Line!

You’re not at the finish line yet! Your teachers may be easing up on expectations while running toward the light at the end of the tunnel. Students might be slowing down too – they’re exhausted from a year of high academic rigor and a recent onslaught of testing. But with a month or more of learning to go, there’s still work to do. Kickboard can help you make this the best month of the school year!

Kickboard’s team of leadership coaches have the good fortune of working side-by-side with exceptional leaders who know just what to do to motivate teachers in the final stretch. We’ve compiled a few examples of actual memos school leaders have written to reinforce and motivate staff to keep expectations high and finish strong this spring!  As you read, note the simple, yet effective ways these school leaders use their Kickboard culture data to inspire action.

Leader Action: PLCs with Culture Data

This school leader, diligent in checking her Kickboard dashboard each day, has noticed a decline in positivity. Instead of just reporting on the data, she goes a step further and requests team leaders to place a culture data discussion with guiding questions on this week’s grade level team meeting agenda. She then asks team leaders to provide a recap of the action steps their team commits to take the following week to improve positivity so that she can monitor and support their actions.

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Leader Action: School-Wide Challenge

This school encourages teachers and children alike to reach a school-wide dollar goal by the end of the year. This principal saves a space in her weekly newsletter to update their progress and inspire a little competition between grade levels:

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Leader Action: Creating Urgency

This principal has noticed that behavior infractions are higher on Fridays, yet behavior tracking on Kickboard is low. Read how he uses Kickboard data in this memo to staff to establish “Urgency Fridays”.

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How will YOU motivate your staff to the finish line?

A proactive approach to the final weeks of school can make a world of difference in behaviors. Here are a few simple tips for using your Kickboard culture data to inspire staff to act:

  • Use the School Dashboard to note trends in positivity and usage for the school and by grade level. Then set a school-wide goal for the upcoming week or initiate a competition to motivate staff to capture more behaviors or seek out more positives.
  • Use Culture Analysis, filtered by school, to see trends by day of the week and to analyze individual or categories of behaviors.  When grade levels or behaviors stand out, plan incentives to help turn the data around.
  • Use Culture Analysis, filtered by teacher and grade, for a breakdown of behavior tracking by teacher. Bring this data to the table when you’re having conversations with teachers to guide planning for improvements.
  • Include screenshots of Kickboard data in your regular newsletters or emails to encourage continued success or promote an action to take
  • Celebrate progress in your communications to staff!


Best of luck as you motivate your staff to the finish line and, as always, let us know how we can help at

Special thanks to Aaron Dominguez and Lisa Castillo-Guajardo for sharing their staff memos with us!



For more ways to ensure a strong finish to the school year, check out more of our blogs!


We want to hear the great ways YOU are ensuring a positive finish to the school year. Tweet your ideas and pictures to us @kickboard using #KBfinishstrong.

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