While many schools cannot provide in-person classes, afterschool programs are delivering in-person enrichment on school campuses – and all is not quiet on the education front. The coronavirus pandemic continues to have devastating effects across the world and has become a divisive political issue in the United States. This virus has laid bare our society’s injustices, including inequity in public education. Distance learning has potential, and I hope we figure it out.
Leadership in times of crisis reminds us how challenging it is to manage your own stress while supporting others. While much of the world is sheltering in place or physically distancing themselves from others to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many people are finding themselves unemployed or facing incredible uncertainty. How we lead in moments like this can significantly impact the lives of others. How do we manage our own stress and anxiety with the weight of this responsibility? Here are a few things I am working on:
I recently had the opportunity to spend time with some students from our after school program on a field trip and they truly impressed me with their generosity. We were walking to our bus in San Francisco’s financial district – where we had just finished our visit to one of our corporate partners.
As I emerge from the train station in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District, my senses are overwhelmed with the sights, sounds, and smells of a bustling neighborhood. I’m in the Mission to provide coaching support to a program director at one of the community-based organizations in the neighborhood.
The Mission District is changing. The effects of gentrification and the housing crisis are visible everywhere. All my coaching clients in the neighborhood frequently mention the fears, vulnerability and active resistance of the immigrant community here. They do important and challenging work, and I’m painfully aware of my status as an outsider. So I step lightly, listen carefully and avoid giving any advice too quickly.
I presented a workshop at the BOOST Conference on May 3, 2018 on Design Thinking. It was a fun crowd and the content was very well received. I’ve fielded a few requests for support and more resources since then, so I thought I would share some helpful resources here. Feel free to contact me for training or coaching.
An inside look into the operating budgets of high-quality summer learning programs in California.
I authored and designed this report in 2016. The full print friendly report and infographic are free to download and related resources can be found at summermatters.net.
In 2016, the Oakland Summer Learning Network commissioned the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), with the support of the Packard Foundation, to conduct a landscape assessment of summer learning programs in the city. This report summarizes key data points from that assessment.