Leading during turbulence is about caring for and connecting with the people we lead. It’s about creating spaces for curiosity and emotion to surface so healing can begin. We can use the SEL competencies we teach our students to begin the work and ensure we are on the right path.
The impact of a teacher is vast; enormously immense, and at times, deeply profound. Ripple effects that we are unaware of can occur decades down the road. Read about the impact one teacher had on her sub-par student and the resulting incredible opportunity it presents for countless others.
I’ve experienced how our system can stack the deck against folks who are already struggling to get by, making it nearly impossible to ever escape the conditions that confine and shatter them. I’ve made it my life’s work to help open doors, windows, and other crevices of hope for those burdened by the failures of systemic injustice. I came to realize over time that I could be an agent of change; that I had capacity and untapped potential to make a difference for those who feel disenfranchised.