Sometimes you have a breakthrough, a moment of clarity where you see what you have been missing. I have had one about my school. It is not easy to share, but it is important.
As many of you who follow my blog, I have been working on a school improvement and change project I call the Victory Project. I have previously blogged about it here.
My school has a belief problem.
Teachers do not believe in the students and the parents.
Administrators do not believe in the teachers and the parents.
Students do not believe in themselves.
Our belief equation does not add up to success. I shared this thought with the Twitterverse today and people were generally surprised. It is hard to imagine that there is so little faith. I struggled with it myself. I am questioning whether I believe in the staff and if I believe in myself.
This belief problem must be corrected. There must be a solution, a key, a missing piece to the puzzle. Victory depends on it.
Seth Godin writes in Tribes that all it takes is faith.
“The first thing you need to know is that individuals have far more power than ever before in history. One person can change an industry.”
I will be happy with changing just one school.
“The second thing you need to know is that the only thing holding you back from becoming the kind who changes things is this: lack of faith. Faith that you can do it. Faith that it’s worth doing. Faith that failure won’t destroy you.”
That’s it. I must have faith. I must have faith in the staff to change their belief. I must have faith in the students to change their beliefs. My faith in them is key to their belief in each other.
Seth says the secret is…
“It is merely about developing faith that it’ll work.”
“Faith is critical to all innovation.”
“Faith, as we’ve seen is the cornerstone that keeps our organizations together. Faith is the cornerstone of our humanity; we can’t live without it.”