Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Value of Relationship

This week at the Wisconsin Association of School Boards Annual Convention, relationship cropped up in so many places. While school districts continue to feel the pressures of accountability, many convention speakers focused on trust and relationships as the way to best achieve success. The importance of trust and relationships were mentioned in general sessions, idea exchanges, and special events.

Jerry Kember, Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year, talked about the importance of trust and the value of relationships and team to the success of the La Crosse school district.

Boards from school districts and the technical college system met for dinner one evening. There was a recognition of the importance of these two groups coming together.

Meg Wheatley, keynote general session speaker, talked about relationships, that if you want to create more health, create more relationships.  Wheatley talked about the power of relationships, that while we may lack financial resources, we have what we need to face our challenges. Wheatley says, "everything is a bundle of potential that manifests itself only in relationships."

Wheatley gave the audience the following ideas to use in their work to build relationships and community:

  • People support what they create.
  • People act responsibility when they care.
  • Conversation is the way humans have always thought together.
  • To change the conversation change who is in the conversation.
  • Expect leadership to come from anywhere.
  • Focus on what's possible.
  • The wisdom resides within us.
  • Everything is a failure in the middle.
  • Learning is the only way we become smarter about what we do.
  • Meaningful work is the most powerful motivator.
  • Humans can handle anything as long as we are together.
  • Generosity Forgiveness Love.
You can listen to Meg talk about this ideas on this youtube video.

Over the last twenty years, education reform has focused on the technical aspects of improving student achievement.  Yet, if we expect to successfully close the achievement gap, we need to consider the important role of relationship.

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