Last week I wrote about how I’m envisioning the US education system differently, and I said I would come back to some of the ideas and flesh them out. So here goes.
I wrote the following last week: “In what I’m envisioning, librarians, resource center directors, community liaisons, school psychologists/coaches, and teachers would be the rock stars.” And I meant it. In my view, educators and coaches are rock stars who do the very important work of transforming lives by helping people discover their own potential and helping them navigate how they will impact the world. These rock stars need support, however, and that is part of why God placed LELA House in my spirit.
Educators and coaches exhaust themselves pouring into people, but who pours into them? Additionally, educators and coaches have a wealth of experience to share, but who helps them share it?
So I have an idea, and I’d love to hear what you think about it.
I’m thinking about offering a 4-month program to help educators and coaches turn their experiences into nonfiction books and learn to practice self-care habits that serve their call to write, such as reading and journaling. I’ve created what I call a Writing Mindset, and in the program I will teach the components of a writing mindset, offer lessons on specific aspects of writing, and provide 1:1 and group life & writing coaching. Plus, participants will join small writing groups where they will share their work and give and receive feedback on their writing. By the end of the 4-month program, participants will have learned how to adopt a writing mindset; worked through the LELA House themes of Learn Your Unique Design, Become Critically Engaged, and Transform Community, and completed a first draft of their nonfiction book.
Educators and coaches need support to achieve their own dreams, just as they support others to reach their dreams. Caring for educators and coaches, providing them with time and opportunity to discover new ways they can impact the community, and supporting them as they do so are all part of my vision for US education. If we take good care of our educators and coaches, they will be able to take good care of our students, and everyone thrives. My 4-month program is a starting point. What do you think? Are you interested? Type YES in the comments to let me know!