I honestly cannot recall a time when staff morale has been more important than right now. District leaders are struggling. Teachers are struggling. But it's even worse if school staff are not in constant contact with one another, and no real concern for mental and physical well-being exists. Establishing clear, consistent guidelines and keeping everyone in the know as things change and new decisions are made will boost trust and promote a culture of care and consideration. Everyone is facing so many challenges right now, some of which you may not even be aware, but one thing is true: no matter how tough things are, we must always treat each other with respect and kindness and exercise empathy.
Below are a few ideas to help anyone--leaders or otherwise--maintain a positive environment that focuses on caring for one another. If you have successfully implemented other strategies, please share! We would love to pass those along to schools that might be having a difficult time.
What are your suggestions?
House Bill 1023 of the Oklahoma Legislature's 2nd Extraordinary Session gives us several considerations to take into account in the early preparation of budgets. The biggest consideration will be working within the currently passed law.
This past weekend, I was traveling and lost my Kindle, and I am quite sad. Of course, I was in the middle of a good read and will now have to wait to either check the book out from the library or purchase another e-reader.
A collection of Oklahoma education-related news of the week.