As we begin a new school year, I have asked myself, “What does our city, school district, state, and nation need most of all during this time?" I truly believe it is
empathy! This is the ability to put oneself in someone else’s shoes, to seek to understand through their perspective.
I believe empathy is a trait that seems to go missing sometimes, and a trait that holds the key to future success in our young generation of students.
This year, we have a district-wide theme of empathy-building that is inspired by the times we live in. As a staff, we will seek to demonstrate and inspire empathy in our interactions with our colleagues and students.
At the all-staff welcome back breakfast, I challenged everyone (myself included) to work within their “sphere of influence” and demonstrate empathy to each other as colleagues, thus modeling this important attribute for students.
There is a precursor to empathy. It is simple “kindness.” One must first be kind to exhibit empathetic character. To encapsulate this focus, we as a staff are striving to “Be Kinder Than Necessary.” You may see these green buttons worn by staff: