Belonging Sets Tone for Administrators’ Retreat
While educators have been shaping the new school year all summer long, plans were being finalized this week at the last day of District Administrators’ Summer Retreat. It was part two of a longer session that took place in July.
The catalyzing concept was one that cut through all curriculum and grade levels: belonging.
“When students feel a sense of belonging in the classroom, it increases their motivation and educational outcomes,” said Superintendent Andrew Selesnick.
Breakout Sessions Allow for Thought Exchange
Educators reviewed and discussed New York State’s most recent guidance on diversity, equity and inclusion. They also spent time thinking about the KLSD Learning Commitment—the district’s vision statement—and ways it could incorporate dignity, belonging and respect.
Dr. Julia Drake, assistant superintendent for curriculum, led an afternoon breakout session for elementary administrators focused on family communication. “One way we work to build belonging with families is by ensuring that our messaging about things like student progress is clear and easily understood,” she said.
The entire administrative team is eager for the return of all staff on September 5, all students on September 6, and the start of another nurturing and inspiring school year.