Welcome to Kickboard! We are so excited to begin working with your school. You can use this guide to begin preparing for your Kickboard onboarding in order to ensure success with your school culture goals.
What is the goal of Kickboard Onboarding?
Our goal is to equip you, the school leader, with the knowledge and tools to:
- Configure Kickboard to align with your school culture systems and goals.
- Prepare your leadership team to introduce Kickboard to your teachers in a way that will inspire buy-in and adoption.
- Access additional resources, support, and best practices as needed throughout your Kickboard implementation.
What are the steps in the Kickboard Onboarding process?*
*If you purchased any Professional Services, this process may be different to meet your needs.
We will make sure you are ready to roll out Kickboard to your staff successfully. These are the steps in the process that you can expect:
- Onboarding Form- Once your order is processed, you will receive an email from a Kickboard Support Specialist asking you to complete an Onboarding Form. This form asks for information that will help us set up your Kickboard platform to meet your school’s specific needs.
- Leadership Onboarding Meeting- Once you complete that form, you will schedule a 90-minute online meeting with your Kickboard Support Specialist. During this meeting, we will introduce you to your customized Kickboard platform, walk through your options for further configuration, and share resources to help you train your staff. This is a hands-on training meeting, not just a presentation. Please be sure to select a time when your leadership team can be on computers with internet access and able to participate.
- Training Teachers- After the Leadership Onboarding meeting, you will receive an email with a list of next steps and resources (including a customizable PowerPoint and handout for your staff) to help you to prepare for training your teachers and going live with Kickboard at your school.
Who should be involved in onboarding?
Do you currently have a team in charge of steering positive behavior improvement efforts? It’s difficult to create schoolwide culture change by yourself. Identify who should be on your culture team and include them in your Kickboard onboarding and rollout.
We follow a train-the-trainer model so only a small leadership team, rather than your entire teaching staff, should be involved. We strongly encourage principals and other key influential leaders to participate in the Leadership Onboarding meeting, even if the subsequent tasks will be delegated to other members of the culture team.
What else should I do now to prepare for Kickboard?
We have supported a lot of schools across the U.S. in creating a positive school culture. Below are some promising practices to consider as you are preparing to launch Kickboard in support of your campus culture goals. Don’t worry if you don’t have all of these completed yet. We will help you think through them throughout the onboarding process.
- Plan your rollout timeline. Keep in mind that planning your site configuration and preparing to train your teachers can take a few weeks.
- When will you train your teachers on how to use Kickboard?
- When will teachers begin tracking real behavior data for students? (This is often the first day of school.)
- What gets measured, gets done. Set a measurable school culture goal to track growth from a baseline at the beginning of the year and identify checkpoints to celebrate progress throughout the year. For example:
- Reduce office referrals
- Increase ratio of positive to negative interactions between teachers and students
- Positive reinforcement changes behavior more effectively than punishment does. Make sure your teachers and leaders share the mindset that positive is more effective than punitive when addressing behavior.
- Consistency is key when creating a schoolwide culture system. Do you currently have a set of common behavior expectations in each classroom? If not, don’t worry! Kickboard has a suite of inventories for you to choose from.
- Positive consequences are essential to maintaining school culture growth. Establish systems for recognizing both students and staff for their behavior wins throughout the year.
- Corrective consequences help ensure consistency and offer early warnings in responses to misbehavior. Kickboard can automate them to help streamline your systems.
- Proactive is always better than reactive. Do you have time carved out in your schedule for social-emotional learning and having students reflect on behavior goals?
Feeling overwhelmed? We’re here to help! Our support team will guide you through this process and is available to answer questions throughout the school year. You can also click here to contact us.
Kickboard also offers a deeper level of in-person planning and support. A School Culture Coach can guide you to develop the schoolwide systems and practices necessary to achieve your school culture goals. Click here to learn more. You can also reach out to your Account Manager to discuss these options.
Click the link below to download this prep kit as a PDF.