Press April 18, 2020
Leading in a Time of Crisis – a Conversation with Principal Zaharah Valentine
“I believe that when you don’t ask adults what they need, that often translates to how they support students. So I think it’s really important as a leader, that you model self care with staff so that that translates to when they speak with students.”
The Fund for Educational Excellence recently interviewed Principal Zaharah Valentine for their ‘Getting Unstuck’ series. Principal Valentine describes the challenges she knew were imminent, and how she strategigally prepared for school closure and distance learning.
Today on Getting Unstuck
Most of us are living in an unprecedented time. Not since World War II, have we experienced something that can literally impact every person on the planet. Getting through the COVID-19 pandemic is taking incredible resources and resourcefulness. It is also forcing us to look at one another and work with one another differently. And one place of work where that is extremely evident is in schools, here in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K..
What follows is one conversation in a series of conversations we’re having with educators across the country on how they are leading their schools in this time of crisis. Because these educators are extremely busy helping their schools and communities to pivot, we’ve intentionally limited these conversations to 15 minutes.
It’s our hope that these conversations will provide nuggets of solid advice and emotional support to other educators on the front lines of change.
In this episode we hear from:
Principal at the Baltimore Design School
Beyond coordinating the logistics of online instruction, the work is all about… Click to listen.