edu180atl: thad persons 8.9.12
I facilitated a focus group today at my school. The group was charged with brainstorming on action steps around the school’s commitment to globalization, diversity, and sustainability. The admin team of the school, of which I am a part, had selected a few key priorities from a long list of ideas created by this group back in April. All the selected priorities were important, but they were incomplete. Simply put, there was a major hole in the area of diversity.
It was a tense moment as this group of faculty questioned why this important piece was left out. Where was their voice? Where was the school’s commitment to this priority? Voices were raised, tears were shed, and I found myself sweating under the strain, trying to keep calm. It was a hard conversation, one in which I finally owned that the group was right.
My team—I—had made a major mistake, and the only thing to do was to make certain that this issue—a core part of the school’s identity–was given more priority. It took me a moment, but I had to learn to admit the mistake in the moment, in front of my colleagues, and to “do the next right thing” to start to fix it. It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t packaged, but I learned that this very “real” moment was a chance to recognize the “hole” in the room and start to fill it.
About the author: Thad Persons is jack of lots of trades; master of some. Dean of Faculty, English teacher, proud hubby/daddy, avid waterskier, eager learner.
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