The conclusion of the calendar year is an excellent time to reflect on your district’s journey and the accomplishments of students and staff. As the days pass and challenges surface throughout the year, celebrations and accomplishments can easily fade from memory. This post is dedicated to providing one last look at some of the milestones and celebrations that occurred in the life of the St. Joseph School District in 2017.
There’s a dynamic tension that often goes unexplored in the educational profession that shapes the work of teachers and the learning experience of our students. Educators have been repeatedly encouraged to transform their classrooms based on research, technological innovations and emerging practices. Meanwhile, the constraints of the accountability movement serve to narrow the curriculum, inhibit risk-taking and perpetuate a test-prep culture at the school or district level. The tension is real.
Trees have been popular symbols and served as metaphors for quite some time. Long before publication of such classic children’s books as The Giving Tree or The Lorax, trees have served an important role in communicating truths about life. While a tree stump might easily fade from sight or become part of the landscape, it always has a story to tell. The mere presence of a stump is a reminder of previous health and lost potential or momentum.