FISH! For Schools is a family of solutions, developed by educators, that help you create a remarkable school culture. It builds a community where the staff is supportive and passionate, students are caring and focused, and everyone is excited about learning.

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MORALE AND TEAMWORK

Educators are under tremendous pressure. They need each other.

MORALE AND TEAMWORK

The FISH! Philosophy helps staff support each other through the challenges of school life. A staff that appreciates each other is more unified, collaborative and creative.

ENGAGED LEARNING

When students know teachers care, they care more about what’s going on in class.

ENGAGED LEARNING

The FISH! Philosophy creates a culture where students feel safe and encouraged. They work harder and step outside their comfort zone to expand learning.

POSITIVE BEHAVIOR

The most effective way to build positive behavior is to practice it.

POSITIVE BEHAVIOR

Students who live the FISH! Philosophy learn how good it feels to care about others. Misbehavior and bullying decrease. Students build critical social skills for a lifetime.

ENVIRONMENT

A great school environment says, “We’re glad you’re here!”

ENVIRONMENT

The FISH! Philosophy creates an atmosphere where students, staff and visitors feel warm and welcomed. It helps you build strong partnerships with parents and community.

LEADERSHIP

As a leader, your attitude is infectious. It spreads quickly to your staff.

LEADERSHIP

The FISH! Philosophy helps you build enthusiasm by celebrating and being there for your staff. It helps you set an example that earns trust and commitment.

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KICK OFF A GREAT YEAR
WITH THE FISH! PHILOSOPHY

As your staff prepares for this year, here are two ways to re-ignite enthusiasm and build a remarkable learning culture:

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The FISH! For Schools Complete Pack includes everything you need to introduce and sustain The FISH! Philosophy. It comes with the original FISH! video, staff development videos (perfect for staff meetings or study groups) and classroom resources to help students live The FISH! Philosophy.

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Tips for a great culture
from FISH! Facilitator Steve Mintz

FISH! Philosophy Speaker: Steve Mintz

How has your school year been so far? Challenging? Rewarding? Frustrating? Maybe a bit of all three?

As you begin planning for next year, how can you make next year more successful and enjoyable? We asked longtime teacher and FISH! facilitator Steve Mintz, who has helped hundreds of schools build stronger cultures, for his thoughts:

“When I visit schools preparing for a new year, they’re mostly focused on technology, first aid training and so on—all important but functional tasks.

“But they are not as focused on how to make our school feel great for every student and staff member. That’s the foundation of everything we want to achieve.

Relationships are key
“Educators know they need the human element but so many demands push that aside. People talk about working ‘smarter, not harder.’ What they mean is ‘We have to do more and we don’t much time to do it.’ The danger is if those demands squash people’s spirits.

“As educators, we do what we do because we want to help students become capable, healthy people who take care of themselves and care about others.

“To do that, we need caring relationships with our students and colleagues. The cool thing is these relationships decrease the negative behaviors that happen when students and staff are not excited to be at school. When you get those behaviors out of the way, learning improves and all of our functional tasks are easier.

“The FISH! Philosophy helps us build and stay focused on the relationships that make a school feel welcoming.”

As this school year winds down, you have probably reflected on what went well—and what didn’t. How can you make next year even better?

We asked teacher and FISH! facilitator Steve Mintz for his thoughts on creating a great school culture:

“I’ve observed when educators use a common language, they are more effective than that same group of excellent educators who are doing their own thing without a consistent language.

“Behavior expectations typically vary from teacher to teacher. Students often struggle to adapt to different environments when they don’t receive a positive, unified message about what we expect from each other. When there is a gray area, they don’t know what to do.

“I see great teachers who are doing a wonderful job teaching the subject but because of behavior, they’re miserable. The students are learning, but they could be learning more.”

Building understanding
“Educators know that relationships are primary. The FISH! Philosophy gives us a common language to talk about our relationships. We care for each other. We go out of our way to make each others’s day. We choose how we show up in the world. We’re going to be passionate and have fun with learning.

“If you ask the kids in my classroom what Be There means, they will tell you it’s about paying attention to and caring about the people you’re with. They may answer with different words but they all understand the essence. That makes a big difference in how we treat each other.

“When we have that common language to communicate that to students, our relationships are stronger in the classrooms, the halls, the cafeteria—everywhere in our school. Everything goes better.”

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