Superintendent Board Report
September 3, 2020
This week we welcomed staff back to our buildings. A special thank you to Tiffany Rush and Korrinne Ross who have worked hard this summer to organize our fall start up schedule including last Thursday and Friday where we welcomed our new licensed staff. This week all of our staff returned to buildings and participated in building-level training and meetings. All of our teachers participated in Universal Design for Learning, which helps staff analyze their instruction and asks what barriers might exist that would impact students' ability to be successful. Addressing those issues in the planning process is the basic premise of Universal Design.
There was a lot of hope this summer that we’d be returning to in-person instruction and obviously that has changed this fall. I want to commend our teachers and staff for rising to this challenge as we learn a new way to engage students, a new way to instruct, assess, and plan. While this isn’t the plan we envisioned, we are going to make the best of this new opportunity.
On Tuesday I had my all-district welcome back Zoom meeting. It started out with some technical issues as I scrambled to turn-on my recently expanded group size. There was a 15 minute interruption, but I was able to regroup and share some thoughts with staff regarding collective efficacy or the belief that together we can impact the outcomes for our children. I also used an interactive online tool called Mentimeter to engage with the staff. (Share Advice Slide) I closed my time with everyone by sharing a poem by Laura Kelly Fanucci called, When This Is Over.
When This Is Over may we never again take for granted
A handshake with a stranger Full shelves at the store Conversations with neighbors A crowded theatre
Friday night out
A high five from a friend A routine checkup
Going to school each morning Coffee with a friend
The stadium roaring Each deep breath
A boring Tuesday
When this ends, may we find
that we have become more like the people we wanted to be
we were called to be we hoped to be
and may we stay that way...