I believe teaching is a relationship and relationships require respect. A relationship where there is respect is one where there can be learning and social/emotional growth. Any educational environment needs to cultivate and nurture healthy relationships first and foremost as the foundation for learning. School should be a place where students want to be, are comfortable to take risks, feel secure when making mistakes, and know they play an active role in the learning process now and always. Students, families and the community trust educators with their precious years of care and learning to prepare for an uncertain future. As leaders, we must facilitate a school culture built on the honor to be entrusted with the task of preparing students with skills to succeed, build relationships and demonstrate strong character as citizens.
11/2/2016 07:27:29 am
Excellent draft. It is focussed on a single theme ( the power of relationships and you build that theme throughout. The only thing I would change is the pronoun of the last sentence. I think this first paragraph needs to be beyond you. This is your chance to provide a vision for all of us about education. You will have plenty of opportunities later in the platform to make your Nichol commitments. I would change to As leaders, we must ensure our school cultures committed to the task of...
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