We have worked hard over the last four years to tell our collective story. Allowing the community & world to see how our students are being challenged and meeting that challenge.
What is important to realize is that apart from our collective story there are a few hundred individual stories of educators that are woven together that contribute to our school's story and help make our students journey remarkable.
They value relationships, the relationships that I see formed every day are special and authentic. They are empathetic; they let others know that they are not alone and validate the emotions and circumstances they are experiencing. Relevance, the here and now is at the forefront of what they do on a daily basis. And lastly, they are brave. They speak up for what they believe in, whether it's the popular thing to do or not and they take chances and try new things knowing that they may not be successful. So there you have it, relationships, empathy, relevance and bravery combined together.
As educators we are at one of the most challenging and exciting times that our profession has ever experienced. The silos of the past are being flattened and the ability to connect and grow along with other educators has never been more powerful. This summer George Couros spoke about the opportunities available to connect and collaborate and reminded us all that "It is now a choice to work in isolation." I believe that the educators in my building can become even stronger and more effective by connecting with others facing similar challenges day in and out.
We have amazing educators and students in our story! I can't wait to share out things that they are trying and ways that they are creating, collaborating and growing. There will be plenty of bumps to share in our story this year, but that's gotten to be a badge we can wear proudly. So here we go!