CELEBRATE: extraordinary measures

celebrate link up

This week I would like to highlight just one extraordinary measure taken by staff at my school.  I know I witness at least one a week but this one is blog-worthy.

Our school is attended by many students from the Nooksack Tribe and we have been working side-by-side with the tribe to problem solve issues of attendance, conflicts with school schedules and tribal celebrations, and to raise cultural awareness of this unique population in our county.  One idea suggested this year by the Native task was to schedule a special evening for parent-teacher conferences on the tribal grounds.

Teachers were concerned about scheduling another long day just a week after their regular conference schedule but agreed to do it after the Thanksgiving Break.  Extra pay was set aside and the tribe offered to provide dinner.  The setting is a gym and there was concern about the noise level and possible interference of younger siblings who needed supervision.  Tribal leadership created a table for art projects, teachers without students to conference with volunteered to interact with  young ones as needed.

I was one of the latter.  I went a little bit early to help with set up and took pictures of the event.  We’re running a survey to see how people – teachers and families  – felt about the event.  My point of view is that it was an evening to celebrate – and I hope we do it again.
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watching through fingers

We were given the assignment in October – actually I was in on the giving of the assignment – because I work with one of the administrators in our district to plan the PLC for the preschool staff.

The assignment was to video up to 10 minutes of ourselves working with our kids and share it with colleagues at the next PLC.  I was the collector of the video – that was a learning project all by itself.  Each staff member had to figure out the best techy tool to use and together we had to learn how to load it to a common place for viewing.  There were lots of options and each of the 5 classrooms ended up with a different path to success.

Today was the day to watch and talk about what we saw.  It was a day of vulnerability but also celebration.

We are doing some amazing work with children at risk.