Friday, January 31, 2014

Superintendents making time for counselors!

Going along with the theme of these last few posts, I am continually amazed by how large this district is. We have 106 elementary schools alone that cover the city of Jacksonville. The superintendent has a very big job, making sure everyone is abiding by the local, state, and national laws, and try to educate dozens of thousands of little people who will one day be running this country.  When you think about how many different jobs make up a district, the counselors are sometimes left to the waste side, trying to cover 10 different bases all at the same time.

I was pleasantly surprised last week to sit down with the Superintendent himself and ask face to face questions. He invited about 15 counselors  from elementary, middle, and high schools across the district to give him the good, bad, and ugly of what we are experiencing during the day to day of our jobs.

He asked simple questions:
1. What has been your high and low of working in this county.
2. What are your concerns?
3. What do counselors need in order to be successful at their job?

It can be easy to invite people to a meeting, it can easy to ask questions; what I was impressed with was that he actually LISTENED and HEARD what we were saying. There are some things that are going very well, but there are others that need help, and he wants to change that.

Advocating for "your people" is crucial, and I am thankful that he wanted to hear what we had to say.

What works in your district?! What needs help?!

Loving this career,
Your Floridian Chick!