The most critical thing educational leaders can do to make school successful in this time is to build positive, intentional relationships.
Healthy relationships form the foundation of a strong school community, lead to academic success and promote equity and inclusion. With both students and staff still feeling the effects of living and learning through COVID-19 and trying to navigate a “new normal,” the need to rebuild relationships and foster new ones is vital. Now more than ever, educational leaders must level up their efforts to create the space, skills and buy-in needed to foster positive relationships so they can form stronger school communities.
- Use culturally responsive practices for engaging all members of the school community in relationship building.
- Provide resources and communication to students and families in the languages they speak fluently, making sure to accommodate their access to technology and different learning and communication styles.
- Prioritize meeting the needs of the most vulnerable students as they have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and remote learning.