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Saturday, March 5, 2011

New To The Job

Chris Kennedy is a new school superintendent. What he said about school is worth repeating below:
I have often been asked about “what will be your plan as superintendent?”  I know in many places gimmicks are quite fashionable — a particular program or approach that will be the be-all and end-all. We hear this a lot from the United States as they talk about No Child Left Behind . . . if only we all just did Smart Reading, or all had laptops, or used EBS, or played first and then ate lunch, or had a particular bell schedule, then our system would move forward and students would graduate in even greater numbers.  These are all worthy and can be powerful initiatives, but there are no magic bullets.  It is the hard work in the classrooms everyday — the mix of science and art; teachers taking what they know about what works, combining this with their skills, and building relationships with their students — this makes all the difference.  In the end, and more than anything else, it is the relationships that matter.  The relationships we have with each other, and the relationships we build with parents and students.

Well said Mr. Kennedy.

1 comment:

ChrisK said...

Thanks for taking the time to link to my comments and my blog. This is the real power of social media, that we can connect and learn from each other. So many of us are trying to do the same things in evolving our education system, it is wonderful to have this growing digital network.

Chris Kennedy
West Vancouver, British Columbia

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