Director, Special Education
The special education teachers of our district have done the impossible. In one single day, they transformed their practice into delivery models that accomplished the extraordinary. Their innovation, expertise, and pure grit shined like the morning sun. Innovation at its very core is birthed from need. The needs were great and the challenges seemed insurmountable. However, in the very eye of the storm they transformed, they reached out to families, and they gave and gave to the students of our community.
As we move forward in this endeavor, and with really no time to spare, we find ourselves preparing for the unknown. What will school look like in the fall? I don't think there is a single educator who doesn't wake up in the morning wondering what the 2020/21 school year will bring.
This is a critical time. A time whereby each and every stakeholder must come together to do their very best to create that which has never been. It is a time for those of us who can get stuck in the weeds of minutia when it comes to details, to roll up our sleeves, and pursue a system of education that makes sense in the world of Covid-19.
There is much to consider, but I have faith that the brightest minds, those that have dedicated their lives to education, will rise to the occasion. The social and emotional well-being of the individuals who attend our schools, whether on a comprehensive campus or by virtual means, must be addressed as uniquely as the changed settings themselves.