What does your organization seek to accomplish in the next five years? If this isn't known across your school system, you're probably on the road to wherever. Is that good enough for your students and your community? Many school systems lack focus and a long-term vision of success. School leaders may an idea of where the organization is headed, but the vision is individual; neither known or by supported by the stakeholders that must move the schools forward.
How often are key professionals thrown into their positions without the support they need to grow and flourish? Are these important individuals provided with professional learning that is sustained, collaborative and relevant? There is an alternative to the 'good luck' approach to induction that is often the norm for professionals who hold unique roles within our school systems.
Can Special Ed come to my birthday party? What kinds of stories does Truffle like to read? Is Lily due for a check-up? Can Surprise run fast? These well-formed questions are music to any speech pathologist’s ears but who are Special Ed, Truffle, Lily and Surprise? They are registered Pet Partners® who accompany me to work as a speech pathologist. CommuniK-9, Inc. is a speech therapy practice that incorporates specially trained Pet Partners®.
If you are like me, you tend to believe that people, especially children, are naturally curious and 'hard wired' to learn. A mismatch between the way students learn and the traditional structure of schooling is a likely scapegoat when students are unmotivated or unable to demonstrate learning. However, in the first Chapter (Why don't students like learning at school?) of their book, Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn, Hattie and Yates concisely explain the reality of human curiosity and motivation to learn.