The Season For Giving
Just a few weeks ago I found myself in the North Pole. No, seriously, this nice Jewish girl found herself up in the North Pole because when we say Education Elements supports districts across the country, we mean it. So in the middle of November, I found myself at 101 St. Nicholas Dr., in line to meet Santa and Mrs. Santa* after spending a great day working with Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. I didn’t sit on his lap and ask for anything, but it did get me thinking a little about what I might want this holiday season and a lot about what I want to give others. Because while many of us celebrate different holidays this time of year (and not all focus on giving gifts) I always find myself looking back, looking forward, and focusing on being grateful for what I have while thinking about what more I can give to others.
My list for the Education Elements Team
- I want to give you purpose and meaning; I want the work you do to have an impact on the world.
- I want to give you support. I want you to know that our company will support your learning, your growth, and your development and that we will meet your needs.
- I want to give you the ability to live our values every day; I want investing in each other to come easy, and bringing joy to work and celebrating success to be the norms. I want to set you up with the tools you need to never stop learning and the safety to innovate and iterate.
- I want to give you a sense of belonging. I want Education Elements to be a place where you are the very best and most real version of you and where you know that you are valued.
- I want to give you space. When you come up with ideas, the world changes as a result and I want you to have space to both envision and to execute,
- I want you to feel as proud of yourselves as I do of you.
My list for the schools, districts, states, and systems we support
- I want to give you our best every day (which is why we work so hard to hire the team that we do).
- I want to give you clarity when it is needed and direction when you need to know where to go.
- I want to give you someone to listen to you when you need an ear, and someone to provide counsel when you want advice.
- I want to give you the knowledge we have accumulated from nearly 10 years of working with districts without ever forgetting that while we can bring the lessons we’ve learned from others, we must always create something together, just for you.
- I want to give you new ways of thinking, new ways of working with each other, and plenty of time to laugh.
- I want to give you the tools and strategies to be at least 1% better every day.
- I want to give you what you need to reach the goals you set out for yourselves because when you do, our students reach their goals too.
My list for my friends and family
After thinking about it, I decided not to include the list for family and friends. I have a 3rd-grader who can read but can’t keep a secret so I don’t want to spoil any surprises. But rest assured, the list for them includes love and patience in addition to more than one present delivered in a panic from Amazon Prime.
Whether this time of year for you is about celebration, reflection, remembrance or the end of one season and year and the start of another, I hope that you get what you need, you give what you can, and your bucket is full to the brim. Please enjoy our quick trip down memory lane below - see you in 2020!
*Is anyone else’s mind blown that she isn’t Mrs. Claus?
Pro-tip: Watch it in full-screen!
About Amy Jenkins
Amy Jenkins is the chief operating officer of Education Elements. Following a meandering path of teaching in Oakland, running an after-school program, working at NewSchools Venture Fund and being a strategy consultant she is thrilled to now focus on supporting districts to in their efforts to become more dynamic, responsive and outcomes-oriented. Amy splits her time at work between coaching district leaders and ensuring the health and happiness of everyone at Education Elements through creating an environment where everyone can thrive and grow. On the weekends she can be found chasing her kids around.