During the era of grading schools, educational leaders at both district and campus levels must take a deep breath each day as they continue to dedicate their lives to educate our students. The bombardment of government actions on education and other entities challenges us to remain focused on student learning.
Though “grades” are out, they don’t communicate any campus’ whole story. I urge you as leaders to highlight your campus. What are the aspects you are proudest of? What are the areas you can strengthen, possibly with community assistance? Transparently communicating the great components of your school that will never be measured by a grade is essential.
Start with a goal to tell 3 good things every 2 weeks through social media, newsletters, websites, and parent/teacher meetings; tell these stories each time you have a chance. Build on them. Show and tell what is great so that the community sees and understands your schools’ value well beyond a grade. You may have a “grade,” but that grade doesn’t reflect everything your school is. Your campus’ whole story is what your community should value more than any grade. Don’t let the “grade” show a single snapshot. Tell your story!