Creating Teacher Champions
Ted returned to ADSB in the spring to train “Teacher Champions” from across the Algoma District in both the elementary and secondary panels. These Champions will take everything they learn from their teacher training sessions back to their schools, introducing the charts and the multiple ways to use them in staff meetings. They will then work with separate teaching divisions to help their colleagues become more comfortable with the new material so that they can then incorporate the charts within their curriculum. The mindset is “Each One, Teach One.” The hope, as seen already in the pilot schools, is that the students will eventually take on the responsibility of teaching and instructing whether it is younger students, friends outside the school board, their families or the larger community as a whole.
The goal is lofty, but it’s one that the ADSB believes in.
“We, the leaders of ADSB, carry the major responsibility for the tone, mood, attitude and the ‘public face’ of our organization…we are the models… If we’re not taking care of ourselves and each other — who is? Let’s remember that we are the ‘we’ in well-being.”
- Lucia Reece, Director of Education, Algoma District School Board