What does capacity building mean? In a nutshell, doing what needs to be done, so students can learn, and be successful. Coming together as a school community to bring the students who are struggling up to speed.
What may be done to increase kinship among the faculty? In my school, my situation is unique as there is no trust between the administration and the staff, or at least a portion of the staff. Trust needs to be rebuilt and nurtured. As for kinship among the teachers, there IS a kinship among the teachers. We exchange ideas, and support each other even though there is the perception there is no support coming down.
How might the faculty become more of a professional community? Be willing to have people come into their rooms and observe in a non-judgmental capacity. Share successful teaching strategies at the Thursday morning staff meetings. Continue the open door policy of coming and asking how they are doing something or what they are doing. Continue to open communication between each other. Create an environment where it is ok to make mistakes. Mistakes are learning opportunities.
School and parent relationship Communicate with parents, the academic success of all students is what the priority is. How that is achieved is through collegial dialogue and exchanging of strategies and ideas. All ideas are welcomed and parents know their child best. Any suggestions or ideas from them, and successful strategies are welcomed. Trust must be built and nurtured between both parties. This is done with communication and consistency.
We are family! Trust! In my classroom, I spend the first quarter (8 weeks) earning the trust of my students. Once I have that, I have them. I am consistent, and follow through plays a large role. I express my expectations, and I practice behavior I want to see. I use RCCP and SEL activities to create an environment where mistakes are learning opportunities, and we support one another.
We are family! Cont. Sincerity. My children know the difference between real and fake. I lay it all out on the line, and expose myself emotionally. It is hard, but it works. When we need, we revisit an area to beef it up if we need too. i.e., team building or classroom building. I refer to all my students as brother, or sister, or family member. I have been told, I have the mom tone. I have been called mom more times than I care to admit.
We are family! Cont. While students may be assigned to a teacher’s roster, we are all a school family, and need to look out for one another. Luckily, I have had no one be offended by this approach, nor am I.
Shared values and commitments Academic success of all Being there for kids, children. whether they are Honesty and hard work. assigned to us or not. Creating life long Safety of all children. learners. Open to new ideas, and Educating the whole strategies. child. Data driven instruction. Creating a safe environment. Safe not just from harm, but to make mistakes.