How do you determine truth? When leaders are asked to make a determination about an incident between adults, between adults and children, or children and children how certain can one be?
Daring to have real conversations with others holding different points of view is important. Practicing what we expect children to understand and do cannot happen with integrity unless we are practicing this ourselves.
We can read these stories of abuse and follow the press about the uncovering of these cases with shock and shake our heads. Or we can take a look inside schools and see how we teach children.
We are in a difficult time. This time is one that we have no frame of reference. The polarization of sides, beliefs, values are extreme and are flaunted. We are called as educators to be awake and active.
Building consensus requires the leader to be certain everyone can let go, understand, agree, and support an idea. It is a social/emotional skill, not an administrative one.
Guest blog author Dr. Nicholas Bruski shares, "By analyzing structures, systems and procedures, leaders can create a more inclusive and engaging professional culture that ultimately supports positive change in our school systems."
We can contribute to the next generation of adults by circling the wagons and making sure each school environment is safely founded in a culture built upon courage, commitment, and empathy.
Student achievement and educating the 'whole child' can be seen in actions schools take. For that, school leaders must have courage to lead away from hesitations.
Unless there is consistent support and practice, with feedback and evaluation, too often what is read, experienced, and taught have only a moment's life span.
Guest blog author Mike Kuczala writes, ""State management is managing the brain/body emotional states of learners. Not something we've normally been exposed to in our educational experiences as a learner, teacher or leader."