Our Unusual Situation, a Pandemic, a Time of Need

I tell clients that part of my job is to stay well-informed of the current events in education. This includes knowing standards, update my understanding of TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) as teachers and principals learn them, and remember the enormous responsibility of educating our students for tomorrow. However, I could not anticipate what educators are doing today. Today, I am overwhelmed with the plethora of approaches, materials, and suggestions educators are sharing via social media. Our vocation is of service, and we are wired to want to help.

Yesterday, I spent time video conferencing with a superintendent and his team. Collectively, as a strong instructional team, they are moving mountains electronically to keep their students engaged in an organized approach to education. The staff has been working tirelessly to create, communicate, and problem solve. I was not surprised; my heart was full. I have always referred to educators as one big fraternity. Camaraderie and solution providing are what come naturally. During this time of COVID-19, they continue to provide. They miss their students, their creativity, and the natural curiosity that makes classroom discussion so powerful. Nevertheless, they continue to search for solutions that will help their children learn.

They have always been a resource for parents, and now more than ever, this is important. In this time of need, I am thankful more than ever to the educators who continue to serve their communities tirelessly and imagine creative solutions for this time of need. My hat is off to the visionaries, the problem solvers, and the facilitators of instruction. You continue to make THE difference that our children deserve and need. Thank you!

To learn more about what you can do to protect yourself and your workplace from the coronavirus, visit the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.