December 4, 2014: Letter from the President
Monday, December 08, 2014
Posted by: SAIS
I hope you had a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. As the first semester comes to an end, the pace on campus quickens. Final exams and projects are pending, and faculty and administrators are busy with the many events that accompany December. While the month is inherently more hectic, I encourage you to consider the important role you play in the lives of your students and families. Whether it is Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza, the meaning and joy of these holidays can easily be obscured by the stress of the season or its increased commercialization. As educators, we understand the magic that happens in simple moments and traditions celebrated in our schools. These events add meaning to the lives of our school's families, allowing them to appreciate each other and the season. They bring the school together as a community, which is the greatest blessing.
On a more somber note, I'm sure you have followed the difficult situation in Ferguson, MO. I would like to commend those educators across the country who have been helping their students process the uncomfortable questions and feelings brought by these events. I was struck also by the power of social media for sharing information, whether it was breaking news, discussing its aftermath, or sharing resources. Many educators have contributed to #FergusonSyllabus on Twitter where they have shared articles, worksheets, blogs, and curriculum for use in the classroom. While the event is tragic, the ability to respond and collaborate to help students heal is hopeful. We can also be thankful for the many people willing to participate in a national conversation, which is the essence of learning, growth, exploration, and discovery. For our country and our children, it is also the beginning of change and the hope for their future.
Dr. Steve Robinson