Just slow down. It is that panicky time of year when positions and jobs are shifting and moving about. Instead of slowing down and thoughtfully thinking through our options, we are rushing to post an opening in fear of losing out on the best candidates. And in our rush and hurry, we forget to take care of ourselves. We seem to have forgotten the care and keeping of humans. When a team member leaves for another school, it should start with a celebration of their steps forward. It should be filled reminiscing about happy memories and well wishes for the journey ahead. It should be tended carefully with sincere gratitude for the many years of service.
It should not be met with immediately posting for that vacancy – a space, a blank instead of a person, a teacher, a professional. Slow down and take care of each other.