In school PR, it’s our job to view our organization through different lenses. At times, we literally spend our day looking at the world through lenses. Whether we are sharing stories, advising our superintendents and principals from different perspectives, or advocating on behalf of our students and staff, we are adept in finding the proper angle and shedding light on the subject at hand.
I believe it’s also important for us to step out from the background and bask in the great work being done by and for our students. My charge to you today is to make the purpose of your next classroom visit to appreciate and become energized by the students we serve. No photos, no interviews, just take it in. If you’re inspired to tweet out a thank-you to those teachers and students, by all means share the love. Better yet: write a thank-you note.
Today is the last day of the school year in our district. It’s a day of transition and mixed emotions. I readily admit that during my eight-year career teaching sixth grade, on the last day of school, I went from hugs and high-fives with my students and colleagues to slobbery tears alone in my empty classroom. (Side note: I’ve learned you get less of all those things in the district office.)
The pace of play and the nature of our work in school PR provides similar guideposts and transitions. With summer, we shift toward strategic planning, professional learning at the NSPRA seminar, and thoughtful reflection on our plans, successes and challenges of the past year.
As Covey so succinctly stated, it’s our time to sharpen the saw. In my mind this translates as a time to charge up the batteries for the summer work ahead. Today is the last day I’ll have access to schools and rooms brimming with energy, teaching and learning for the next two months. There are a lot of things I have to do today. I think I’ll start by visiting some students for inspiration. And maybe a hug, a high-five and a tear or two.