As a new school year approaches, we experience a myriad of emotions. For many of us, we are feeling excited, renewed, and optimistic about possibilities that await us. Our spark has been rejuvenated from a summer of flexible schedules, relaxation, and maybe even some vacationing. Although some will attest summer goes by way too quickly, nonetheless, we are ready to catch up with our colleagues and conquer new goals.
We, as a school, create our culture and our school identity. As I reflected on the previous and upcoming school year for our own building, I kept coming back to the same idea that, in my opinion, truly is the core of education...it's all about RELATIONSHIPS.
Without trusting relationships, we will never progress beyond the surface level of actionable change within our schools. It takes a village to make an impact on student learning, and it all stems back to building and fostering those relationships with all stakeholders.
"Where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came."
As we, as educators, head back into our respective schools and classrooms for the upcoming school year, I would challenge you to focus in on the heart of relationships with your students and colleagues. They will provide your foundation to support the building blocks of learning and achievement.
How will you be somebody's somebody this year?