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Stepping Into Their Shoes
Posted by 96f on May 23, 2016 · Flag
WINGS Charlotte was proud to announce its new regional advisory board earlier this month.
The welcoming of this dynamic board brings great promise and opportunities for the growth and expansion of WINGS in the Charlotte region. These professionals have over 100 years of combined experience in education, human resources, organizational management, real estate and transformational leadership that will give WINGS the necessary boost in the Queen City to reach over 400 more students in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District. This will reflect a 260% increase in our ability to enrich and fortify 375 additional students with SEL learning, who daily face immeasurable challenges, along their journey to not only achieve academic success and graduate from high school, but also equip them with the skills and resources necessary to succeed in life and explore the possibilities of post-secondary education. No, it's not impossible for them yet more probable if given the right tools to make good decisions, exercise laser sharp critical thinking and enjoy positive peer, family and teacher relationships.
At the conclusion of its first meeting advisory board members were eager to make the trek to Bruns Academy to do just that and actively participated in Community Unity where kids huddle in their nests, recite the WINGS Creed and reflect upon the learning objective of the week. The board was mesmerized by the power and impact of social and emotional intelligence when watching in awe how our kids readily welcomed them into their nests and effortlessly demonstrated how one can mitigate complicated situations through compromise and working collaboratively through difficult situations to achieve win-win solutions. Their masterful understanding of this personal and professional critical competency demonstrated for us all that "life is full of surprises," but when a goal is framed for the collective good, then the compromise, collaboration and communal celebration is foreseen as positive for everyone.
Sit back for a moment, wherever you are, and let's borrow a page from this lesson and think about how we can all make compromises that may not necessarily go the way we want, but benefit the majority. I think about this every time I hear the political bantering between political parties or even in my own personal and professional relationships when confronting a possible impasse. I am reminded, however, of the advice of one of our WINGS third-graders at Bruns Academy who shared with me how she avoids being “emotionally hijacked.” Yes, she used those words and it constantly jogs my memory when negotiating and working through solutions professionally and personally.
WINGS Charlotte, our new advisory board, and I are committed to starting an emotional intelligence movement in education in Charlotte! I recently watched a leadership video with one lone guy, initially appearing foolish, who took a bold step before an enormous crowd by dancing insanely but eventually attracting a massive crowd to join in and follow, creating more movement makers. Outlandish, yes, but did it work, absolutely! Do something daring today and start a movement by investing in the life of those who need it most. My mother always said that an ounce of prevention prevents a pound of cure. And boy, was she right!
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