In Attendance: Ed Bright, Theresa Delisle, Aaron Timm, Lizzie Prochoda and Bobbie Skaggs.
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Bobbie Skaggs. Introductions were made, Lizzie Prochoda (community liaison assistant), Theresa Delisle (parent/DAC representative), Ed Bright (parent), Aaron Timm (parent)
Theresa Delise did not have a DAC report to present.
Bobbie passed out a draft of next year’s calendar. She told SAC members to look it over and highlight any concerns, etc. The committee discussed the deletion of the half days and the addition of the full days.
Bobbie shared two videos, The Power of Vulnerability and Embracing Vulnerability. These Ted Talks were discussed at the beginning of this school year because we are continuing to focus on relationships – creating and sustaining relationships. To do this the year started with examining the notion of Vulnerability. These Ted Talks were chosen for two main reasons. First, we as a staff identified “relationships” as one of our core values. Vulnerability plays an important role in creating connections with others. Secondly, without vulnerability, there is no innovation or change. We are continually asked to examine our practices and make changes to improve.
After watching the first video, Bobbie asked the members to write down something that spoke to them intellectually (Head), emotionally (Heart) and something that required action (Hand). SAC members thought that Finest was making progress, often better than other schools, toward creating and sustaining relationships. They liked the idea of calling teachers from their first names, the quotes in the building, the family teacher concept. Members cautioned the staff about being thoughtful about students sharing out and making sure that no one felt unsafe when doing so. They also said that it may be difficult for students to share authentically. Bobbie told the member about how teachers and students are sharing their “stories” through the Family Bios. Bobbie shared a copy with the SAC members. Teachers are modeling how to share in the information, making themselves vulnerable to the students
Lastly, Bobbie said that the staff committed to avoiding the blame game and taking action for the required work- creating relationships with all students. Bobbie concluded with the Shaming Response with Brian Regan Hotel Problems –
The meeting ended with this last thought: This year continues to be a year of change and we have felt vulnerable in so many ways, but we do firmly believe in the power of connections and relationships. Hopefully, we will be able to avoid the “shaming response” as we navigate. We have to find a way for each student and staff to believe that he/she is enough.
Important upcoming dates were presented, and the meeting was adjourned at 7:25 p.m.
Our next SAC meeting - April 25, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.