OSCA Conference 2020
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
October 9 & 10 - Virtual
OSCA 2020 Virtual Conference - October 9 & 10, 2020
Date: October 9 & 10, 2020
Keynote speaker: Dr. Johnny Lake
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OSCA UPCOMING EVENTS - MARK YOUR CALENDAR:
11/6/2020 to 11/7/2020 PST
President’s Letter: The Work Before the Harvest
So, how do we grow our programs? Growth will look different at every school because we are different and our job descriptions/responsibilities are different, too. Our levels of experience and what that experience looks like makes a difference. As much as we are different, in most ways we are the same. We want what is best for our students, we want them to succeed and graduate, we want relationships with our parents, we want positive working environments, we want productive working relationships with our staff, we want to be a solid team with our administration, we want to feel fulfilled in our chosen profession, we want to prevent burnout, we want to provide a safe place for all the folks we work with, and on and on.
Since I work in ag country, it makes sense to relate what we do to growing plants. In no world can we expect to walk into a new field or garden and harvest right off the bat. There is some work that needs to be done way before that happens! Simply put, we have to gather the right tools, get down on our knees and get our hands dirty. We have to prepare the soil, add appropriate fertilizer, and plant the seeds. Then we need to make sure the seeds get water and sun. As the weeds show up, we need to make sure we take them out. During the process, we might find that we have the wrong tools so we need to exchange them for the right ones. We may discover that our knowledge and skills are lacking in one area or another, so we need to seek out a master gardener who can guide us. We make mistakes that we need to correct; perhaps we didn’t get all of the roots of the weeds pulled out and they grew back. Perhaps the harvest is bigger than we can handle and we need help getting it done.
What does your program look like? What needs to be weeded out? What needs to be planted? John Wesley said, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” I would add: ask for help when needed, and practice self-care!
Contact Sue Harte, OSCA president, at firstname.lastname@example.org.