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Continuing the Journey Of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Day will be marked on January 16. This national holiday gives us an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. His life symbolizes a time in history when out of confusion; mean spiritedness and conflict came a vision of better possibilities.

This holiday is evolving into a day of community service. Working in service to others helps us to become as Dr. King would say “a molder of consensus,” in conversation and deed, finding possibilities that can improve education for our students and enhance our work in schools.

Jim Heiden, a Milwaukee-area school leader says, “That the work of improving schools in a journey — where the work is never done.”

In Wisconsin and across the country, this seems to be how things are and maybe for the foreseeable future. Understanding this through the lens of finding possibilities and a vision of that we can be better can make help sense of chaos in public education and show us the path forward.

In Greendale, we are focused on student achievement, developing a sense of responsibility to our students through collaboration working and supporting one another. We have the shared goal of keeping Greendale Schools great. We see the possibilities and are engaging in them as we Rethink Greendale Schools.

The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson
recently wrote about Martin Luther King and the “Dream that Came True”. Robinson reflects on Dr. King’s moral vision and challenge to each of us saying, “We can be better. We must. We will.”

Our complex times are rich with possibilities. We can take comfort in finding possibilities that rethink and help remake communities, relationships and education. In Greendale Schools, we connect people to one another in conversation and work to improve schools so children and youth learn more. We who work in schools can stand together to follow and deliver good and interesting professional practice.

Please be sure to share Dr. King’s legacy and find empowerment through possibilities not only in your own life but in your students’ lives as well.

Image: William Hughes
About the author: Dr. William Hughes has worked in education for  31 years as a teacher, principal, superintendent of schools. He has served as Superintendent of the Greendale School District in Greendale, Wisconsin for the past 14 years. Greendale is a garden community and one of three greenbelt communities in the United States. It is a suburban district of about 2,600 students located in the Milwaukee metro area; an area known for high achieving schools.  Greendale is known for its high level of student achievement with over 90 percent of graduates attending higher education institutions, ongoing community engagement on multiple levels, along with collaborative relationships with bargaining groups while retaining a focus on children, service, citizenship and learning. He is a former board member of the Milwaukee Area Technical College, a member of the National School Climate Council, board member of the National Center for Learning and Citizenship and adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

You can contact William Hughes at
bill.hughes@cascadeeducationalconsultants.com   
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