May 2023 Product Spotlight

Do more with brightwheel’s web app, give meaningful performance reviews, and build deeper connections with your staff.

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Written by Anya Carion
Updated over a week ago

We know that this time of year, staff performance is top-of-mind with upcoming evaluations and professional development days. Below, you’ll find what’s new in brightwheel, top tips for valuable performance reviews, and ways to use the brightwheel app to connect with your staff.

And don’t miss the “what’s new” section below for exciting updates!

Creating a culture of growth is an incredible way to show employees you’re invested in their careers and help boost staff retention at your center. In this webinar, we covered 7 ways to improve your staff evaluations to ensure that you conduct fair, valuable, and actionable reviews to support your teachers. Watch the recording here.

💡 Tip: You can track professional development hours in brightwheel

This month, keep the momentum from Teacher Appreciation Week and use brightwheel to connect with your teachers and staff 🫶.

  • Keep track of your staff’s certifications and professional development hours in their profile to keep growth top-of-mind.

  • Use brightwheel as a portfolio of teachers’ work to recognize all of their contributions throughout the year.

  • Send immediate words of encouragement with admin-to-staff messaging.

Find more tips to support early childhood professional development here.

NEW: Log activities on the brightwheel web app!

Since many directors and administrators primarily use brightwheel on the web, you can now save time by adding activities straight from your computer instead of switching between devices. Log notes, incidents, kudos, meds, and potty activities on the web. Try it out now.

Stay tuned—more activities are coming to the web soon!

  • 💻 *Coming soon* School calendar improvements. Soon, you’ll be able to access your school calendar from the web so you never miss an update!

  • 📱*Coming soon* Add attachments to messages on mobile. In the coming months, you’ll be able to send attachments in messages straight from the brightwheel mobile app.

  • ⭐ Join our Brightwheel Community! Join this Facebook community to connect with fellow brightwheel users, get advice from other directors and admins, and build community.

    • Make sure to answer the membership questions so we can quickly accept your request into the group!

If you collaborate with other administrators at your program, share this article with them so they don't miss these updates and tips!

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