When you take a look at the world and how it operates, there is a lot of animosity everywhere. But in reality, life is not suppose to be about being at the top, getting even with the person who you think wronged you and the thinking that, “my idea is better than yours” – it’s about people.
It’s about doing what is right for everyone.
When you look specifically at education, it is not about everyone being separate. It’s not about the students, teachers, parents, special education staff, administration and any other employee on staff all being individual pieces of the school. It’s about everyone coming together to be one unit – one family if you will - that is doing what is best for kids.
I think back to a twitter chat with Tony Sinanis and Joe Sanfelippo – they talked about getting to know everyone. As an administrator, Joe (I believe), took the time to see different aspects of his school. From the custodian to the child learning in class – that right there speaks volumes.
When you take the time to get to know the people around you, you are building relationships. Through those relationships comes trust. Through that trust, bridges are built for communication. Through that communication comes conversations about building a solid school for our kids and a mindset of togetherness. As a building you can know focus on what WE can do differently for kids.
That is what it is all about. In a school, we are community and by working together more can happen that we originally thought possible.
No person is an island.
It takes all of us working together to do what we can for kids. Because after all, that's why we are all there in the first place - to be there for kids.