School leaders focus on well-being
The initial shock has now morphed into staying safe and watching the wreckage globally. And as I live in Melbourne, stories circulating about frontline workers now have new urgency through Stage 4 restrictions. Though far less mentioned, this includes the education frontline as leadership teams support staff, students, families and local communities.
Moreover, there is the rising urgency for schools to provide continuity of learning with calls on principals to manage both the immediate crisis while simultaneously keeping an eye what may happen next.
Observing schools during the crisis
I’ve observed, for instance, how they’ve dealt with our granddaughter’s special autistic needs. Small things have mattered such as
- The direct addresses which the principal makes via YouTube at the beginning of each week. For instance, in her first address on the 20th of July, she drew on the school’s vision and mission. How amazingly uplifting, I thought, for reinforcing the culture she wants to realise in the school during a pandemic!
- The obvious sense in which the work set for students weaves home environments into completing tasks, for instance, using resources that are at hand for the art class.
- Setting boundaries to differentiate ‘school work’ from what may be happening at home. For instance, for prompting parents that the up and coming group online activities should not include anyone but the child in the online environment as the presence of others will distract children from bonding and working together.
However, it’s hard not to take it for granted in the face of the everyday strength that school leaders and their staff have shown during the crisis. Now, as disruptions look as if they will continue for at least another 6 to 12 months, maybe it’s a good time to start acknowledging how school leaders are nurturing school communities through uncertain times.
Featuring Stories From The Education Frontline.
In times of uncertainty like schools face right now, it’s easy to feel swamped by anxiety. As a school leader, one way to combat this during this time of remote learning is to encourage telling stories of how your school community is achieving small victories every day. Your story might be about overcoming a technology blocker or achieving a milestone with a group of students. It may be about the surprisingly inventive ways staff members remain connected.
Whatever your stories, we need them to help us keep connected, personally and professionally.
Complete our contact form and share them with us.
We’ll contact and interview you, draft your story and you give us a tick if we have it right. Then, we’ll be directed by you as to where you would like it published so others are heartened by your school’s everyday perseverance.