It has been a challenging Fall in education. My main job as Superintendent of Early Learning and Elementary School Improvement is to plan responsive professional learning for educator teams in our board. Well, this fall there was no professional learning due to the Work to Rule situation.
So, I’m sure you’ve been wondering what I have been doing? I’ve been learning in many different ways. I’ve been in many schools; listening, observing, watching, feeling the tone, the mood. I’ve done yard duty and I’ve listened and watched. I’ve read books and I’ve synthesized and made connections to the work and learning happening across our system. I talked to teachers and listened. I’ve talked to administrators and listened. I’ve talked to Instructional Leads (ILs), Teacher Researchers and consultants and I’ve listened.
And now I’m ready to learn. Learn is my ONE WORD that is going to keep me focused for the remainder of the school year.
We engaged in an opportunity with our ILs recently and we invited each person to identify their one word to focus their work for the year.
Some of our teams words were:
Impact Passionate Listen Uniqueness (yes that is a word) Connecting Deliberate Intrepid Balance Flexibility Gratitude Possibility Ignite Serve Thrive Appreciate Why Simplify
These words filled me with great hope and optimism. As we start to plan and think about professional learning that is responsive to our system I want to think and remember these words.
I would invite educators to give us feedback about the type of professional learning that works best for them. We are listening. We want to hear from you. We need your voice to ensure that our learning meets the needs of everyone in our system.
So, let’s learn together. Let’s listen to one another.
Let the learning begin.