Teachers, according to Brené Brown, are our most daring leaders. We absolutely agree – teachers fill so many roles in the lives of their students, but also in the school as a whole and the community in general.

Teachers (and librarians, and tech directors, and anyone who helps students learn!) are essential to creating a school culture that encourages connection, innovation, belonging, and daring. As Brown notes, “Teachers are the guardians of spaces that allow students to breathe and be curious and explore the world and be who they are without suffocation. Students deserve one place where they can rumble with vulnerability and their hearts can exhale.”

Beyond the classroom, teachers can have a huge impact on their community as a whole. Beyond real-world learning projects that can directly impact a community, teachers also create a space for students – other members of the community – to see how they can impact their world in positive ways. Connection, innovation, belonging, and daring don’t just happen in the classroom with impactful, empowered educators – students also carry them into the world.

As the new school year begins, and we start to set our goals for the year, we’re thinking a lot about what teachers need and all the roles they’re asked to play. How do we constantly become more welcoming, inclusive, and community-minded to serve educators better?

We’re working on these goals by remembering that teachers are our focus – the hinge on which our mission rests. When educators are empowered, they engage students and provide them a safe place to learn and grow. When educators are empowered, they transform schools from the inside out, building a culture that radiates joy in learning.

With these thoughts, we’re planning our 2019-20 conferences around the idea that engaging educators and helping them grow as leaders is what we’re here to do. We’ve got a conference focused on connections and global-mindedness, another on innovation, a newly-announced conference on belonging, and a conference partnership focusing on daring to design (and all that entails!), and we can’t wait to help you throughout the new school year to grow and continue to impact your students, school, and community.

For Brown’s full article and some free printables, click here!