This week's post is another #TBT to a Nathan Eklund post from February 2012 about how we as colleagues treat each other. At this time of the year, as some staff look ahead to spring break, but it still seems far away, it is time to remember that Great Places to Work are supportive, collegial workplaces.
When discussing staff culture with educators, I am hearing about a more competitive feel to adult relationships in schools. The current state of education has many educators worried about their jobs much more than with the evaluation systems that were prevalent in the past. Declining student numbers, new and confusing evaluation criteria, and heightened community expectations can all develop competition between staff members.
As we continue our consideration of the school/community relationship, we transition to taking steps toward building a solid foundation wherein the school and the community can work together for the betterment of all parties, especially their students.