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MOVING THE NEEDLE: Let’s Take Stock!

September 23, 2018 by  
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Are We Ready for School?

BY DR. TIFFANY TYLER

Dr Tiffany Tyler

Last month, a new year school began in our community. This special time was characterized by our usual focus on registration, purchasing school supplies, immunizations, and all of the traditions associated with the return to the classroom.

Now that our school year is underway, it’s time to take stock of where we are as a community — as families and students — to ensure that a course has been plotted for student success.

As we take stock of our bearings and evaluate our plan for student success, you should always be asking yourself these questions:

• How are we ensuring the safety needed for school success? Am I an active participant or passive observer of what’s happening in our schools?

• How are we contributing to a community ethos or narrative that ensures student success? Do I actively support a culture and dialogue that fosters academic gains for students or myself?

• Can I articulate a plan of action that ensures that our community and all students reach their full potential? How am I ensuring that all students have enough support to achieve?

• How will we know when we have achieved success? Is there a shared vision for what success looks like in our community? If so, how am I supporting awareness of this shared vision?

The journey of ensuring a successful school year will require each of us to show up, likely in new ways, with an evolving mindset and an increasing will to improve conditions for student success. I ask you to join me in asking these vital questions. I ask you to take stock!

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