December 9, 2013 by

Three Ideas for Rewarding and Recognizing Your School Staff Today

100PlusWaystoRecognize-COVEROn the very first pages of 100+ Ways to Recognize and Reward Your School Staff, award-winning former superintendent and ASCD author Emily E. Houck shares a letter that she’s held on to since 1987. It’s only six sentences long, but in it, Houck’s former principal clearly conveys to their superintendent that Houck is an exemplary instructor who deserves special recognition. The simple gesture clearly left a lasting impression on Houck, who has treasured the note for more than two decades.

But not everyone who does excellent work has such a memento to hold on to; Houck writes that nearly two-thirds of Americans report that they have never received recognition for their good work. She explains that it’s up to us to change that statistic in education and offers school administrators many practical and inexpensive ways to recognize and reward staff. The ideas are organized by the amount of effort they require—low, moderate, and more. Excerpted below, you’ll find one from each category to implement today.

The book is available in print and e-book formats in the ASCD Online Store. If you’d like a sneak peek, ASCD has shared chapter 1, on what employees want, and chapter 6, which lists all of the ideas that require a little additional effort.