How often do you tell your school's story to other people? How often have you thought about what your school's story is? Last week I had an opportunity to take part in a walk-and-talk with a new board member who came to visit our school (#WaldheimSchool). We had a brief conversation, introducing ourselves to each other, and sharing some of our background, all the while I could tell she really wanted to get around to the tour, as did I.
As we began walking the halls I started talking about the learning that was occurring and the hard work that had lead up to this point where we feel all of our students have a voice and are feeling challenged in their studies and valued as individuals. One of the great things of this visit was that it forced me to stop and engage with things I might otherwise walk right by on a daily basis. Things like the lay out of the library, which was front and center in my thinking at the start of the year and is now on track to reflect the vision we have for it. Things like the way our teachers are adopting flexible environments, something I was so focused on, but is now "just how we do things". Things like our ever-evolving PAA programs where students are not only allowed, but encouraged to pursue their passions when creating projects. These things are now part of the normal day to day at #WaldheimSchool, but this visit was a great reminder of the amazing things that happen at on a daily basis.
I have always believed that at the core of any great school are great people, and it is my duty to remind these people that what they are doing does make a difference. That their endless dedication to our school is having an impact. This learning walk reminded me I need to do that. Today! As you walk your halls next week, take a moment to notice those things you've walked by on a regular basis, and just think about it's importance in your school's story. If someone needs to be reminded they are doing a great job, do it! If someone needs a pat on the back, give it! If someone needs to be asked a question, ask it! We have the power as leaders to impact so many, sometimes it's just a matter of remembering that.
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