Friday, March 23, 2012

Getting the Results You Hope For? Want Others to Join You in Your Work?

Let me challenge you to:

1.       Think Differently
2.       Act Differently
3.       Achieve Differently

In today’s economy, school budgets are significantly smaller, leading to teacher lay-offs, leading to larger class sizes, leading to increase in teacher workload, leading to teacher frustration and not feeling valued.  So much responsibility is placed upon one segment of the educational system, faculty and staff.  We hear the outcry from teachers asking other stakeholders to share in school improvement and academic achievement, namely the students themselves and their parents! 

If you are a faculty/staff member, you have an ally with us!  It is our sincere belief that often we expect action from people who probably have never been organized, empowered or mobilized to share the work.  We must believe that most people want to do the right thing most of the time.  Maybe the problem isn’t with the desire, but in the design. 

I learned a valuable lesson as a varsity basketball coach.  I whined and complained that the parents never got involved or rarely committed to helping.  A parent said to me, “If you really want us to help, just tell us exactly what you want.”  “Tell us specifically that you want brownies at the gym every Thursday at 3:00.”  Let’s organize, empower and mobilize the students themselves, and yes, even the parents, to become “carriers” of school and community improvement!  Let’s stop assuming that others know what to do and how to do it.  What we can and should do is to provide skills, opportunity and recognition so that others can join us in our work.

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