September is the only month in the Board’s schedule without a theme from our strategic plan to focus our reflection and work. Naturally when I thinking about preparing for our first board meeting and the start of the school year I turn to beginnings.
Having the board focus our reflection and work this month on beginnings will allow us to re-imagine our work as a board, and a district, as if brand new. We have many opportunities to harness this idea and be open to the possibility it creates.
The end of the school year brings the ritual celebrations of graduation, retirement and the last day of school. The graduation ceremonies have been recorded and trustees have given their speeches. Families have celebrated the milestone achievement by their children together and we are coasting towards the last day of school!
Respect and responsibility are the values we focus on in May. At SD46 this means “we support a culture of mutual respect and shared responsibility through individual and shared growth”. I have taken some time to think about how we do this as a board and as a district. I am pleased to note there are many examples to share.
In April the Board and District focus in on innovation. Innovation is about finding new ways to do things, particularly by looking at current challenges and exploring different ways of tackling them. When I consider this topic, I think it can be easily argued that in the last year we have seen innovation and ingenuity like we haven’t seen in years before!
Collaboration & Equity: We create meaningful connections through our work together. This month we focus our work and attention as a board on our values of collaboration and equity. March is full of many important days that focus on equity such as, International Women’s Day, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and International Transgender Day of Visibility.