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2019 Back to School Virtual Huddle

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we’re going to be looking at how okay am i ready Good morning good morning Team FCUSD! My
name is Sarah Koligian I’m your Superintendent and I welcome all of you
here to the new school year of 2019-20 school year. In the spirit of a growth
mindset we are trying something different this year. So as I have our ESC
departments sitting out here in front of me in the boardroom, we have 33 sites
that are also tuning into this presentation today. And we wanted to
honor and respect the feedback we got from our employees last year who said
can we be a little bit more time-efficient
on our first day back and we understand there’s so much on our mind and on our
plate. So we’re trying new technology and we’re just excited to greet everybody. I
miss not being in the gym and that rally spirit that I know you’re all having
that same level of excitement and energy at your own school sites and departments.
So with that I do want to give some special thanks and shout outs to our
team that have made this happen today. Daniel Thigpen, Kim Harrison, Samuel
Portilla, and Shannon Buck for helping today’s new format become a possibility.
Let’s give them a round of applause. And I also have some introductions and
welcomes that we would like to share this morning. I’d like to introduce first
of of all our governing Board of Trustees. Without their support and their
assistance, we couldn’t make this come together or do the work that we do. So we
have Joanne Reinking, Chris Clark, David Reed, and Josh Hoover. And in spirit, Ed
Short is here too. (Laughter) So we thank them for their support. And our Cabinet team. I’m
not going to introduce each one of them because we’re a big team but I’m going
to ask them to stand and we couldn’t do what we do without all of them and their
tentacles out there supporting all of our schools so could our Cabinet team
please stand and let’s recognize them. Thank you. And also I want to acknowledge
Kelly Goldsmith and Martha Campos, my Administrative Assistant and Executive
Assistant. I couldn’t do what I do on a daily basis without their support so
Kelly and Martha thank you for all you do every day. Well, at this time it’s my
pleasure to also welcome the leadership of our employee unions to come and also
do a greeting this morning. So we have Rob Thomas from CSEA, President, who’s
going to come on up first and welcome come on up Rob. On behalf of CSEA, I just wanted to say
welcome back to all of you. I wanted to give special thanks to all the
year-round staff and all those who worked over the summer getting us ready
for the school year so I’d like to give a round of applause for all those folks. Each one of us provides essential
services that have a powerful impact on our students and a profound impact on
each other. So as we start this school year, let’s look for opportunities to
encourage and support each other. Let’s live the values we teach our students.
That’s always strive to be kind and supportive. Together let’s make this a
great school year. Thank you very much, Rob, appreciate those
words and our FCEA President, Angelica Miklos, please come on up and join us. Well, good morning FCUSD family and
welcome back to the new school year. I love this time of year there’s so much
promise, so many possibilities. I love seeing everybody is so excited
about setting up their classrooms, reconnecting with their colleagues, and
greeting their students. And FCEA is going to be filled with possibilities this
year you’re gonna hear more in the coming weeks about a new member
engagement grant that we just got that’s going to open up some PD opportunities
for our members as well as additional chances to network with each other and
share best practices and get to know each other a little more. I used the term
family very deliberately because we are a family, it’s all of us together it’s
all of our employee groups and every employee in this district that strives
every day to do the best for our students. And as we enter our classrooms
next week and start teaching our students kindness and modeling that for
them, remember to be kind to compassionate with each other we never
know what somebody else is going through kind of go that extra step, model after
our children, and just as importantly, be sure to be kind of take care of yourself,
too, unless you’re taking care of happy healthy, you can’t bring your best to
your students every day. So be sure not to overlook you in that process. I look
forward to sharing a great year with you. I’m looking forward to doing site visits
and getting out there and seeing everyone’s classrooms and our kiddos. And
I just want to take a moment to thank all of you for inspiring me and
challenging me in the best possible way every day so let’s make it a great year
and enjoy next week back in your classrooms with your kids. Thank you.
Thank you, Angelica, appreciate those words. And if we can invite our FCLA
President, Elena Cabrera, forward to give a greeting and a welcome. Good morning. Good morning and welcome to everyone. Happy 2019-2020 school year and I just have a
couple of words as leaders we have been working on a couple of book studies and
I want us to overcome all of the challenges that we may face this year
with students, with staff, with each other as colleagues, we will
overcome many things. And I want us to be overwhelmed with the successes that we
all achieve together, at our school sites, as a district, as a community, and I wish
you all a wonderful school year. Welcome back. Thank you, Elena, and thank you to all of
our leadership in your partnership in working with our school district. Well,
it’s off to the races. Here we go. And you know that feeling when you’re standing
on the start line and you just are ready to go and you’re or you’re in that
starting block there’s that excitement and energy and enthusiasm and that’s
where we are today we’re off to the races and I know you know we can feel a
little bit of anxiety, too, as we have all these things on our plate to do and
whether you were able to take time off during the summer, or you worked year
round during the summer, this is a good time to pause and reflect and regroup as
we start the school year around our intentions this year. So we’re going to
start by celebrating some of our accomplishments over this last spring
and summer, we’re gonna look at our focus for the year and you’re gonna hear a lot
about climate 2.0, and at the end of our presentation we’re going to collect and
share your voices with a new tool called called Thought Exchange. So let’s jump in
and look at some of the work that’s taken place in the summer and this
doesn’t capture nearly all the work, but it has been a very busy summer in Folsom
Cordova. I want to start with Facilities and Grounds and Maintenance and
Operations. They’ve been working around the clock and weekends non-stop. They’ve
been deep and modernization and construction projects, both small and
large. If you go around and drive through our district you’re seeing new roofs,
painting, new HVAC units, new concrete and blacktops, portables that once were at
one school moving to another school. Those portables have been moved quite a
few times but they’re serving us well. (Laughter) We have larger projects throughout our
district, too. If you’ve driven by Sutter Middle School, we see this beautiful
multi-purpose room and it’s it’s a gorgeous building. Looking forward to
being able to use that and share it with our community. We have modernization
projects happening at Theodore Judah Elementary, Folsom Hills Elementary, and
Cordova Lane Center. We have laid the groundwork for a beautiful new CTE manufacturing
building at Folsom High School. And we have amazing things that happened at the
transportation yard if you’ve gone there lately. But we have a
lot of buses but we don’t have nearly enough parking. So our team made it
happen this summer and they increased the space of paved areas so we can park
more buses or have space to park buses and our employees have a place to park.
Sometimes we don’t think about that but we have a lot of folks there, too, and I’m
glad we were able to complete that project. If you’ve been by Mills Middle
School, we have a beautiful softball complex that is nearly complete and
you’ll here be hearing about the groundbreaking for our new school south
of 50 very soon, Mangini Ranch Elementary. So the work doesn’t end it just
continues but it’s been exciting. Also our departments have been very busy this
summer getting us ready for the school year. ETIS, Fiscal, Business Services,
Human Resources. They’ve been preparing our budgets, upgrading our technology, and
onboarding new employees all summer long, too. So can we give a round of applause for
all those folks that have worked throughout the summer. We have some other
highlights up here, too, of some wonderful things that have happened in the summer
with our students and with our staff. We had a student recognition at our Board
meeting in June of a young man by the name of Patrick Brewer from Cordova
Villa Elementary. And he did an amazing heroic thing. He saved a little
two-year-old toddler from drowning in the swimming pool at his apartment
complex. And we were just amazed at his spontaneity and in doing
what he needed to do and our Board honored him and gave him a free
Chromebook. So he was very excited that they he came to our Board meeting. We
also have had some wonderful summer learning opportunities for our students
whether it’s been the CTE Preceptorship, summer school, Destination Imagination,
lots of opportunities that have taken place throughout the summer. And we’ve
had some teachers that have been busy working with our students throughout the
summer as well or being recognized. We have Folsom Middle School teacher
Melissa Lawson who was nominated for the Hannah E. McGregor History Teacher of the
Year award which is a national recognition. We have Cordova High School
teacher Diane Goldman who leads the school’s Culinary pathway.
She received the 2019 Spirit of Advising award, a national recognition from the
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Also in support of CTE, Cordova
High earned the distinction of becoming an IB Career Program school. that is
very prestigious and an amazing distinction for our students at our
district to have. And then recently Folsom High School’s Industrial Tech
teacher Drew Baez was named one of 50 national semi-finalists in the 2019
Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. So we have a lot
of folks that have done amazing things and that doesn’t happen by accident.
They’ve been very intentional and very committed to the work so we appreciate
all that they’ve done. And we don’t want to forget our Employees of the Year that
we celebrated at the end of last year. Classified Employee of the Year Miss
Betty Summers. We’re gonna miss her because she’s retired after more than 40
years of service. And our Teacher of the Year Miss Jessica Kahn, or Ms Kahn, as
her shirt says and Jessica will be moving on to the county level
competition. And our Administrator of the Year, Kathryn Allaman, our Assistant
Superintendent of Secondary Education also one of our employees of the year
that was honored. So we congratulate them again and look forward to the event this
year, too. Ee’ve also been very busy this summer with investing in a growth
mindset. That means the professional development we’ve all been engaging
ourselves in and this is again just a snapshot. But our Equity Leaders came
together at the end of last year, they’re undergoing training right now, and this
team of Equity Leaders are going to help us sustain the work throughout the
district. So again, that’s not a one-and-done, we’re using them as our our
mentors for carrying the work forward. We’ve had hundreds of employees –
Classified, Certificated, Administrative – going through Cultural Competence and
Restorative Practice trainings as recent as this week and it will be continuing
on as well. So those that have been participating in professional
development over the summer and getting ready for the school year, I commend you
as well. So, a couple of years back, we talked
about our daily charge and that came around the book Heart by Timothy Kanold. And some of our biggest takeaways in that book and we modeled it in some of
these pictures we just showed is learning something new at each day and
embracing that growth mindset. We’re not deviating from that, we’re just
continuing to build upon that. You’re going to hear a lot about how we
continue to deepen and build relationships with one another and some
of the tools that were engaging and then strategies and protocols to help us do
that. So the work will continue on there, all so we can improve the life
of our children in Folsom Cordova. So a couple years ago, when we did our book
study with our leadership team, we chose the book Heart and it was all about how
do we build those relationships so we can deepen the connections that we have
with students and so that we can leave a heart print when our students leave our
system, they remember those connections they had. Not only the grades they got
and the GPA that’s on their transcript, but the connections they made with the
adults and other students in their schools. And, last year, we we took those
concepts and our leadership team embraced another book called The Multiplier
Effect. And we said we can’t do this work on our own, we really need to build the
capacity of those around us, unleash the potential of the folks that are in our
organization. We have experts in the room and we need to rely on one
another and lean on one another to do that work. So that was the premise of
Multiplier Effect and we’re continuing themes in those that we learned last
year in that book. And then last year we also looked at our mindset around the
ABCs – Attendance, Budget, and Culture. Attendance, we were focusing on we want
to make sure that our students are here not only physically present, but
emotionally and mentally and behaviorally ready to learn. We had a
goal of 95 percent last year attendance rate we got very close to that
district-wide and we’re going to continue to push on increasing that rate.
So we’re not giving up on that goal but that is that continued focus that we really
brought to the top last year. Budget, and we’re not gonna you know dismiss that
topic either because that’s near and dear to our hearts and it’s also a
challenge that we’re all going to have to embrace together, but what
resources do we have to support our students, how do we best maximize those
resources especially when we have a funding model that’s not quite keeping
up with the cost of living and doing business. So we’re going to need your
help and leaning on you in helping us as we entertain our budget this year. And
the C part, the Culture-Climate-Connectedness is the piece we’re really
deepening our work in this year. So our theme this year is I mentioned before is
Climate 2.0. The other day my husband said well if it’s Climate 2.0, what was
Climate 1.0? I have to go back and tell him well, last year we were focused
on the ABCs and the C was Culture- Climate-Connectedness, but the work that
we’re doing in our organization is really focused on that connectedness
piece and deepening the work around how academics and behavior and
social-emotional learning come together. And focused on that work not only around
our students, but around each other and our relationships with one another
starting with taking care of ourselves like Angelica said earlier on. So Climate
2.0 is our theme this year and as I said it’s really based on those relationships
that we have with each other, with ourselves, and with our students with
Climate 2.0 being in the middle of that. So this year our book study was a little
bit different and it was not an educational leadership book, but it was one that we
thought we could embrace to help us with that relationship with self. How do we
manage the stress that comes either in our personal lives or our professional
lives? And we know it’s there, it’s there every single day. How do we manage it, how
do we contain it so it doesn’t get to a point of being overwhelmed? So some of
the main themes in this book was looking at those triggers in our life, those
things that cause us stress, how we react to that stress, what behaviors do we
elicit when we are being stressed, and are there ways to control that? And there
really are. And it’s by looking at our values, our priorities which have impact
our behaviors in our actions and the book helps us do a personalized plan on
managing our stress. So looking at some of the bigger themes in the book, we look
at those things that are in our stress bucket. How can we lighten our load?
And it points out that in our lives there are things we can choose or it
can’t change there are things we can’t change and there are things we choose
not to change. And by looking at that a little deeper around our priorities and
our values, helps us and gives us permission to manage the stress that
comes on a daily basis. So we’re going to continue to look at that book with our
leadership team but that is the the mantra that you’re going to hear when we’re
saying taking care of ourself, that self-care piece, what are some tools that
we can use to help manage that stress in our lives. Also this year, as we think
about the relationships with one another and deepening those relationships, we
were privileged to go through a training with the leadership from CSEA and FCEA
in our site and district leaders this last summer called Outward Mindset
Training by the Arbinger Institute. And it really gave us some tools and
strategies and protocols for how we deepen our relationship with one another,
either at home or in our professional life. So Outward Mindset looks at two
different views of how we act and how we behave. One is called an Inward Mindset
Action where basically others don’t matter like I matter.
I focus on my goals my objectives my needs and I see others as objects of
those people who either helping me get my work done or they’re becoming
obstacles to me to get my work done. We call that being “in the box” – not a good
place to be but it’s a natural human behavior as opposed to an Outward
Mindset where others matter like I matter. I
focus on our goals and needs and concerns and I see others as people
which changes my behavior towards them which ultimately can impact the desired
results. So for really trying to build that positive relationship should we be
in the box or outside of the box? We should be outside of the box. So having
that Outward Mindset not only deepens those relationships, but it also helps us
manage stress, personally and professionally. Think about a time where
you might have been the recipient of a person who from their inward mindset how
did that make you feel? Probably not really good. And think about a time that
you might have been in the box towards another person. How did that make you
feel? So how do we get ourselves out of the box? How do we look beyond ourselves?
And I know my tendency sometimes is to go right to the top of what is called
An Influencer Pyramid and you want to correct, you want to say they’re not
doing it the way I want it to be done, but if we’re truly trying to build that
relationship we need to go deeper. We need to get curious. We need to ask
questions and say why is it that you know we’re not seeing eye-to-eye on a
certain topic? So we go deeper on that pyramid, we listen, we learn, and and then
we try to problem-solve together. So we have a brief video that we want to share
with all of you that further explains the difference between the Inward and
Outward Mindset. It’s an important concept and our leadership of our
employee associations and our district are embracing these together so I’m
going to go ahead and and share with you a little bit more of the details what it
looks like. Welcome. We’re going to be looking at how our mindset shape everything that we do. Just think
about your interactions with the people in your life. Both the people at work
and the people at home. Notice in your experience that in
every moment we operate from one of two mindsets.
Now with one mindset we see the people around us as people. We’re curious
about and we’re interested in other people because other people are
important to us. We see their needs and their goals and their objectives. And when we see and we’re interested in other people, we tend to go about our
lives and our work activities in ways that are just more naturally helpful to
other people. Now of course we’ve all had the opposite experience,
we’ve all had times when we just don’t seem to see other people. There’s times
when we’re just not curious about the means and the objectives of the people
around us. In these moments, other people aren’t really
people to us. Other people are more like objects. Now when we don’t see others
needs and objectives, all of our activities, everything that we do, tends
to be about us. It tends to be self focused. Now we might be really well
intentioned, but we just don’t see our impact on others when
we’re inward because we’re not taking others into account. The difference in
our experience with other people, moment by moment, depends on our mindset.
When we look outward and we see other people we have what we’ll call but
when we approach life concerned primarily about ourselves and our own
needs we have what we’ll call an inward mindset. Just as we’ve all had our own
experience operating from these two mindsets,
we’ve also each had our own experience interacting with people who see us as
people or who see us as objects and we know, we know what it’s like to be with
other people who have an outward mindset. We know what it’s like to feel really
seen by others, to be with other people who take us into account and of course
we all know what it’s like to interact with people who are just inward. People
who don’t see us as people. It’s a very, very different experience
when we don’t feel seen when other people don’t take us into account. Just
take a moment and identify those people in your own life who have seen you as a
person. People who have been curious about you, interested in your needs and
your challenges and your objectives. What impact did their outward mindset have on
you? Just be on the lookout, pay attention, look around you, and try to notice those
individuals both at work and at home that help other people feel seen. Observe
them. See what you learn from them. Pay attention to how other people respond to
them and see what you notice. Good luck. and said it gives us additional tools
and a common language that we can use as an organization to continue to build
those positive relationships. I also want to talk about some of the themes back in
our Heart book about leaving our heart print on one another. We have a structure
in our organization called professional learning communities and you don’t have
to be a teacher to be engaging in a professional learning community but it
is also a tool and a structure we use to lean on one another, to build the
capacity of others around us, to have that outward mindset. So I want to spend
a little bit more time talking about our PLC’s and why they are important in our
district, whether you’re in the classroom or not. They support our initiatives and
programs, they create a culture of how we behave and interact with our students
and with each other, and it creates a safe caring and nurturing environment
where social-emotional learning is infused in all that we do. They’re also a
framework that we use to meet students needs and meeting them where they’re at
and taking them forward through something called a multi-tiered system
of support or MTSS. We’ve heard that before, we have a new graphic that we’ve
put together here but it talks about that culture, climate, and connectedness
enveloping our students and those multi-tiered systems of support and
we’re not just talking about the students in that Tier three. We’re
talking about all students throughout the organization and it doesn’t have to
happen only in the classroom it happens with those connections with the adults
throughout the organization as well. But PLC’s are a framework, MTSS is a
framework for us to bring all that together. So as we bring that together,
let’s talk a little bit about our relationship with our students. I love
this picture. This picture was taken at the end of last year and it was the
culmination of a brain thought from one of our members from our Equity Advisory
Committee who said you know we have Black Student Union clubs on all of our
high school campuses, have we ever thought of bringing them together so
these students can build relationships with one another and interact with one
another? And we said we don’t think so. So with the help of
our advisors from each of our clubs on our campuses and the community member, we brought them together and talk about building strong relationships with one
another in our students. Watching that collaboration that started there was
pretty remarkable and we saw the interest and the excitement and
initiative that they are taking to continue that work together. So we need
to remember to listen, to learn, to be curious. If you recall a couple years ago
we had a speaker by the name of Myron Dueck who came and spoke to us and it
was under the umbrella of professional learning communities but he really
focused in on asking them. Ask our students. Get curious about them. What is
it that they’re excited about. What is it they’re challenged or stressed about. And
we need to really listen and learn and and get curious whether we’re at an LCAP stakeholder data walk, whether we’re interviewing students, but our students
have a lot to say and we really need to be tuning into them as well. Whether
you’re in the classroom with them support staff it’s important they need
that connection with a caring adult. And just to show a little bit more about
some of the stressors that our students have in their lives. Some have heard
horror stories of high schoolers who are so cutthroat competitive, that that they
will not shy from like shoving someone down just so they can get on top. One of my friends, actually this morning
I spent the night at her house trying to help her with chemistry. She was gonna go
to school today but she started feeling sick from all
the stress. We’re listening to the parents and the teachers and even the
other students around us where we’re always trying to be on top. Should I be
doing more, am I not doing enough? The stress level is starting to make
everybody go into their own bubble and stay there. When I know that I’m
personally I’m like I’m doing too much I’m too stressed I need to like chill
out for a little bit is when I start pushing family and friends away. I start
pushing all the things that should be important to me to the wayside. I was in
the store one day and my dad calls just to check where I am and his first
question to me was are you crying in the store again and when he said are you
crying in the store again. That’s when it hit me. To hear my dad of all people to
like call me and ask me are you crying again because I was late was when it hit
me that I’m taking too much on my plate. It is a little distressing, it is distressing to hear the stories from our students. These are our students from Folsom High School. And if we think about the stressors that they have, what can we do as adults in an organization to help
them manage that stress? So again if we get curious, ask them what’s what’s on
your plate, what are those things that we can do to help you work through those
situations and help find those solutions together. It really is an ongoing
commitment of time, of energy, of compassion, and it’s emotional, too, when
you hear stories like that. So we it’s like cultivating a beautiful bloom in
your flower pot. I mean we just have to keep at it and know that our kids are
feeling levels of stress too that sometimes we’re not thinking about as
they come through our doors every morning. But those relationships are so
important in what we do and I can’t under play that enough. They help enable
our students to feel safe and secure. They take ownership of their own
learning as we build those relationships. They may be more motivated to learn and
you see smiles on their face like this young man at our Special Ed Art Show
this last spring. So the environment that we create is so
important and that environment really encompasses more than just our
classroom. And when we talk about climate, we’re talking about how we feel,
providing the physical, the social, the academic well-being for the well-being
of our students we want to make sure all those things are coming together to
provide that conducive environment. And culture. When we use the term culture
it’s really what we do. How do we invest in what we do and how do we act and
react and interact with one another? So building that ideal environment
for the whole student, the whole child, takes into account what we do in the
classroom, how we support them behaviorally, and that social emotional
well-being piece. And again that’s not something extra, it’s infused in
everything we do in the classroom and outside the classroom as we interact
with our students. We’re gonna hear a lot more about SEL throughout the year, a lot
of work has already been done but as we look at the research that surrounds how
we the impact of SEL with our students, we see that it’s having positive impacts
on our students and pretty remarkable results there. And there’s no reason
Folsom Cordova can’t be incorporating SEL into what we do and even a deeper
level. And we’re taking that on, we’re not afraid to go forward and we’ve
built what we call an SEL Guiding Coalition under Dr. Channa Cook-Harvey’s leadership this last year. And this Guiding Coalition really are the
ambassadors, all of us in the district that are carrying this work forward,
whether you’re a Classified, Certificated, or an Administrative staff member, or a
Board member who’ve been participating, we all need to be looking at what we
need to do to support the social emotional well-being of our students and
building those relationships. So if you’re interested, it’s not too late to
join, just let Channa know and we’ll definitely add you to our SEL Core team. So some of the examples that we’re incorporating into
the work that we’re doing this next year under Climate 2.0, we’re expanding the
Guiding Coalition as I mentioned before, creating more opportunities for
connectedness with students and their families, were continuing to build those
relationships based on mutual respect, and focusing on social-emotional
learning with our students and with one another. I would be remiss if I didn’t
talk a little bit about the “B” in our ABCs of budget. And it is a
reality that we need to face, but I think through that outward mindset, through
those positive relationships, you’re really leaning on one another, we’re
going to be able to you know problem-solve together. In the spirit of
transparency and collaboration, we want to work with our employees in in how we
get through any of the budget challenges and we’re going to be having budget
study sessions this year and we welcome you to join us at any of those. And I’m
confident that as we embrace our focus of Climate 2.0, that we’ll be able to
navigate these the budget challenges and other challenges that come our way
throughout the year. And I know this because in Folsom Cordova we are a team
that cares. We care about one another, we care about our students, and we need to
remember to care about ourselves and embrace that outward mindset as we go
forward this school year. So with that, before we conclude today, as I said at
the beginning we have a new tool and this tool is going to help us with
communication with one another in our organization with our 2,100 employees,
but it’s also a tool that we can use that takes a survey and kind of puts it
on steroids – it really goes to the next level and it’s called Thought Exchange.
And if you recall a couple years ago when I came on board, I wanted to know in the
district what was going well, what are you proud about, how can I support you,
what are our glows, what are grows, what are those areas that you need to help in.
Thought Exchange is a tool that can get everybody’s voice and an opportunity
to weigh in on those responses almost in real time. So when I did the the
environmental scan of interviewing folks, that’s not a one-and-done. We take
that information, we look at trends and patterns, and we say what can we do to
continue to best serve and support our employees and our students. So Thought
Exchange is a tool that’s gonna allow us to do that and here’s how it works.
After the Huddle today, you’re gonna get an email from our Communication Office
with a link in the survey that says, it gives you an open-ended question. And I
really encourage you to participate, it won’t take you long at all.
And the question is how can the desk district best support you this year? So
you’ll leave your thoughts, leave as many as you like, and be honest, it’s anonymous.
And then step two is when you get to engage with the other people’s feedback
in real-time. You’ll see thoughts that are shared and you’ll have the
opportunity to rate them on a scale of one to five, depending on how strongly you
agree with the thought. The highest-rated thoughts rise to the top and give us a
stronger metric then to understand your feedback. So after this morning’s Huddle,
keep an eye out for that link that’s going to come from Daniel’s office. And
you’ll it’s really kind of exciting. We used it at our leadership team charge
session and it is a really neat tool to help take our sharing of thoughts and
feedback to the next level which will be important as we embrace this next year, too.
I want to also challenge each of you as you go back to your departments or those
of you that are at your school sites right now, to think about this outward
mindset tool and to start the use of it. And it’s very simple, it’s not
complicated, it’s not a new concept or a new thing, but it’s a way to think
about how we’re going to act and interact and behave that could impact
the results of what we do. So if you do have a couple minutes with your team’s
today, I have just a brief question for you. Identify a work-related challenge or
conflict, just one, and to whom or which group will I allow to be part of that
solution? And think about with your thought partner, how would I do this or
how would we do this from an inward mindset if we’re only focused on
ourselves and not the others and what results
might I see? And on the other side, how or how would we do this thinking from an
outward mindset, thinking about the others and a common goal where we can
support one another through that positive relationship. What might we see?
So this is a good way to dive into the use and the practice. It’s not complicated
but it really is a way to think about how we do business this year whether
things are going well or those challenges come and how we manage our
stress, it’s important that we have these tools in our tool belt. But as I said
before, I get curious, ask questions, listen and learn. So with that team, I am
so excited to have you and all back. It’s an exciting time in education and it’s a
privilege that we can all be part of this amazing organization. It’s a
privilege for me to be your Superintendent and working alongside you.
Let’s commit to building those positive relationships this year as we embark
upon a great new school year. Here’s to a great year. Have a wonderful day.
Thank you so much. (Applause)

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