Educators, especially at our school, make this flourishing a reality, when so many of our schools are struggling to meet the academic, physical, and spiritual nature of students. Often schools will focus on one or two of these attributes of a whole person. However, as Scripture tells us, there is more to us than just our body or mind. Rather, we have a soul and spirit. Each of these need to be raised up in order to provide a strong student who flourishes.
Here are my top 3 ways to develop a flourishing and healthy school:
1. Every School Community Member Is Important
Although I am responsible for the facilitation of it all, I must rely on the information from all of our stakeholders, parents, students, staff, faculty, church, and community. Together we determine what will help our students succeed. This sort of culture starts with relationships at every level. The parent-student, student-teacher, teacher-student, and other relationships are first. I strongly believe people are more important than systems. Systems should enhance relationships. Thus, we spend a lot of time building a healthy relationship. Each of us has a role; but, respect for and reliance upon each others role will help everyone succeed. This synergy, the whole is greater than the parts, is essential in a flourishing school
2. School Should Be An Inviting And Engaging Place
School should be a place we all want to be. Of course, there are days that this isn’t true; however, the school should be a place that is engaging and encouraging. We should be enthusiastically heralding the school. If we don’t, then it is our part to work on making the school even better.
3. Schools Are For Students
Students voice is crucial. What do they think and need from a class or school program? The teachers, administrators, parents, students, and staff all should be focusing on the students’ success. A good school knows that mission and can tie all activities to it.
I have had the honor to be in many schools, private and public, Christian and secular in my career. Everyone of them had their strengths and weaknesses. What really separated the good from the best was how they developed students minds, bodies, and souls holistically and in an interrelated balance.