[00:00:00] Jessica: I feel like you’re telling me that things have been as normal, consistent expectations, working together as a community, whether it’s in pods of students to address, not just pandemic, but emotional support and what’s going on in the country in general, just making sure that education isn’t just education.
[00:00:23] But how do you think expectations on the teachers and students have remained the same and in what ways maybe they have changed as a result of the pandemic?
[00:00:35] Christine: Okay. So I’m gonna I’m gonna very clearly share that without our faculty, having the highest expectations and standards for themselves, there’s no way we would be able to operate in the current structure that we are.
[00:00:52]I have asked people to teach in ways that they’ve never imagined. I have asked K through 8 [00:01:00] elective teachers to serve in very different roles this year and deliver instruction completely completely different than anything that they’ve ever had to do before to try to support having students online.
[00:01:15] Okay. And the cooperation and professionalism at which are our faculty have approached their work has been nothing short of extraordinary. So very grateful for that. So I think while we’ve always had high expectations for our work, all of us do and every district I’m sure, the type of work that we have asked our faculty to engage in to support instruction has been completely different. And the same with administrators. Many of us talked about how we all felt like it was our first year. There was a first year, your superintendency first year principal, first year teacher, because we were doing things for the first time ever and it was in an emergency.
[00:01:59] And you didn’t have mentors who had gone through the experience before to pull from. So it was extraordinarily challenging and I would say the same thing for kids. However, they’re a little bit more savvy with the technology than many of us are. So they might’ve been a little bit easier than we did because we were trying to help you’re trying to lead a classroom when you have users on the other end, who might know more than you do.
[00:02:25] But I think what we did, I think what we did and we continue to do is ask people to be flexible, to iterate and be opening, open to learning in a completely new way. And I don’t think that’s going to change in 2021. I know that here is what is one of the biggest operational challenges you have that question on here- and I would say it’s planning because right now I’m having a hard time grasping what September will look like. So it’s hard to budget and plan for that. I think that’s probably the challenge that you’ll hear from many school administration and administrative teams just. Having a better understanding what September would look like would be really helpful in trying to plan what you need to do now to prepare for it.
[00:03:09]Jessica: I agree. Yes.
[00:03:11] Christine: So I think though, when it’s done, whenever it’s done, the instructional advances that have been made through the use of technology will continue. And I think that I would be in good company and in shared company, if I said with you, that instruction will be better for kids based on the experience that we’ve had to go through collectively together as a result of this pandemic.
[00:03:37] So that is definitely something that I know for the future that we will be able to take advantage of it. It will last beyond this health crisis and will be a good thing for all of us.