They will RISE
As I sit and reflect on my first year as an Assistant Principal I wanted to share a story about Connections for Learning (CFL). Here’s a little back ground of CFL before I get to the story. CFL has a diverse mix of programs geared at meeting the needs of many students and their families. We have a blended elementary home/school program(Stony Creek), high school parent partnership, high school outreach, traditional home education, and special ed. programming. Our student leadership group planned and delivered activities for a “Spring Fling” last week.
On the day of the event the older students ran centers for the younger students. As I stood back and watched the interactions between all our programs I was truly touched by the relationships being built, the leadership of our youth being developed and the great joy had by all. The teacher who assisted the leadership group indicated, “You guys need to read your plan and go with it” (she was nervous but stepped away). Often the things we are not 100% certain about are the things that surprise us the most.
Our student leaders showed that they could RISE to the occasion and provide awesome leadership! As well, through the process the older students recognized the importance of student voice so they have decided to have all programs and ages represented in future planning of activities. What an amazing group of students at Connections for Learning!
Shireen Mohammed has worked for Parkland School Division for 23 years. During this time she has had the opportunity to work with early years special needs to high school, and currently is an Assistant Principal at Connections for Learning. She is the mother of a 19 year old son and 20 year old daughter and resides in Edmonton.