‘One conversation or act of kindness can help us recharge’

Tracy Shand, author of Boardingology, has one phrase for school leaders to take with them into 2020

Have you seen the flying cars in your school? Look up now; can you see them? No, none there? Step outside and look at your school car park. Still none? The flying cars predicted in Back to the Future Part II may not be visible in our skies, but could still come true after a fashion, with cars flying out of the school gates as a result of the economy, Brexit, government policies and unsatisfactory school wellbeing culture.

However, you have the connecting hook to the powerline that will change the face of education forever. You don’t even need to be in a flying car getting up to the speed of a bolt of lightning that is going to strike the clock tower at precisely 10.04pm next Saturday night!

But be careful as you could miss it, as you will be busy lesson planning, marking or preparing for inspection.

You have the power to ignite personal powerlines in your community and shine a light on the future of education.

It’s the start of a new decade and a chance for education to take a leap into the future by going back to basics.

It’s time to lead with 20/20 vision and to really see what is happening in your own community, to stop ignoring blind spots and make changes to correct them – uncomfortable as it may be.

It is time to ignite the personal power of the people that make up your communities. In a world where the mental health and wellbeing landscape is changing, one human connection, conversation or act of kindness can help us recharge.

Our classrooms may be full of technology, but what use is that to a generation that is not able to access their feelings and own their voice to support the emotions that they are feeling?

Showing members of your community that they are not alone costs nothing but time. Time to share advice. Time to open up a conversation and help another human

For me, starting 2020 strong is all about one phrase – you are not alone, or YANA. What if, as educationalists, you looked at different aspects of your pedagogy, school community and future-building through this new lens?

A lens that embraces human connection, ignites personal powerlines and starts conversation for change.

A lens that learns from the lessons of the last decade to inspire the next.

You don’t need a blockbuster budget to do it. All you need to do is add this perspective into your daily actions and leadership.

Showing members of your community that they are not alone costs nothing but time. Time to share advice. Time to open up a conversation and help another human. Time to perform an act of kindness. 

Add YANA to your strategic planning for all areas of your educational community. Add YANA to every meeting agenda and keep this mindset alive in your community.

2020 is here and educationalists, you are not alone anymore. It is time to lead the change with a YANA mindset. Now, where will you start?

As for the flying cars, maybe they will be ready for 2030?


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