Northwest, May 2018
FROM YOUR REGIONAL DIRECTOR
In the world of education, May has a reputation for being notoriously busy. Sports competitions, plays, concerts, assemblies, field trips, testing...well, you get it; it's a wonder any "regular" teaching and learning gets done!
With the end of the year in sight, it seems that good will would generally prevail, but sometimes we find ourselves and our teachers, coaches, and support staff frustrated and grumpy. One source: competing schedules. While trying to cram so much into such a short window, we are often planning events over concerts over plays over sports contests. Teachers get cranky, coaches get miffed, parents are confused, and kids feel stretched and find loyalties questioned. So, how do we navigate May successfully? Some thoughts:
- Recognize and affirm that everyone holds different values and perspectives regarding what they believe is important.
- Acknowledge the inherent tightness of the schedule and the potential for conflict.
- Communicate your expectations as to how constituents should manage competing interests to maintain unity and goodwill.
- Facilitate stakeholders talking to each other. It's hard to criticize the "other" when you are sitting across the table, genuinely seeking mutually-agreeable solutions.
- Always remember it's about the kids, so work diligently to minimize conflicts that make them have to "choose" between activities (we recruit them and then want their full loyalty while creating calendars with built-in conflicts).
Here's to a positive and productive May!
Debi Miller - Regional Director, Northwest
P.S. Since the Maundy Thursday Day of Prayer, we have received many amazing reports from schools all over the world about answered prayer. One Christian school in the Northeast region of the US shared that they were about to be foreclosed upon because of a large debt they weren't able to pay. Since they asked the Christian school movement to pray for them, God has provided a donor to pay their entire debt and enable the school to continue their ministry. Praise the Lord! Consider encouraging others by sharing stories of answered prayers on social media using the hashtag #SchoolsThatPray.