Over the past few weeks I’ve been able to sit back and reflect on my travels over the year, as I’ve visited dozens of school districts. This is of course the “lull before the storm” due to the fact that I have numerous plane rides and thousands of miles planned over the next few weeks and through the holidays.
The trials and tribulations within our educational system are staggering, with one issue continuing to be of great concern to district administrators everywhere: How do we reach out and build support? Right now, many school districts feel “lost in the woods.”
As an experienced outdoorsman, let me tell you what it feels like to really be lost out there in the forest.
First, you begin to question yourself. What are you doing and where are you going? Second (or sometimes even first), you begin to believe that you know where you’re going and are confident in your strategy, only to find that you are in fact truly lost and have wasted a good amount of resources – mentally and physically – to get absolutely nowhere.
I think many districts find themselves in this predicament for a variety of reasons. Most of the time school districts simply don’t have the proper tools to help them navigate through the woods. I like to remind superintendents that K12 Insight is just like a compass. It helps you know where you stand with your stakeholders and it provides specific, tangible feedback that helps you plan your way out. Our comprehensive stakeholder engagement strategy helps you map your way through the dark.
With the holidays nearly upon us, it’s time to once again think about new beginnings and what we can do differently in 2012. How will your district rise up and be innovative for your children? How will you tackle the challenges of building trust and civic capacity in your school district?
K12 Insight can help you stay on a well-paved, navigable path, by showing your district how to engage, build support and create a level of transparency never before achieved.