It is May which means that we are in the home stretch and this is the month that we take time to collectively recognize and appreciate the important work that district staff do in our schools and offices everyday. I am reminded of this every time I make visits and witness the positive energy within the walls of the district. This is exactly what I expect and it is what I am confident all of us; faculty, staff, and administration alike will keep up through to the end of this school year on June 27th.
In terms of sports analogies, and if the school year were a football game, we’d be heading into the fourth quarter. If it were a horse race, we would be turning into the stretch. But, however we look at it, we have reached the crucial point in time that will ultimately determine how successful a school year students in New Brunswick Public Schools will have. Before this school year concludes, we need to provide our students with all the support and guidance that individual time and talent will allow. During the last couple months of school, reflect on the following question:
Have I met students where they are and have I given them opportunities to deepen their understanding?
Did the type of questions I asked support students in their learning and agency?
What would students say, if I gave them the opportunity to give me feedback on my teaching practice and guidance?
Who were my students when they walked into my classroom and who are they now as they walk out?
Based on nearly three years of experience in this district, I am fully confident we are moving in the right direction. We will remain focused and creative, and we will let the students, we are responsible for, experience our passion for teaching and learning.
To conclude with another sports analogy, let’s lace up our cleats, it is the top of the ninth inning and our students are up to bat. There is plenty of educating still to accomplish and we must not stop if our vision is to Prepare, Empower and Inspire lifelong learners and leaders.