Happy Teacher Appreciation Week everyone! Check out these videos of the 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes:
Three weeks ago, I had the privilege and honor to speak at Gordon College at a panel called Multicultural Men at Work: A Place of Hope and Challenge. One of the questions they asked to answer was: What advice would you give yourself if you could have spoken to your younger self?
The three pieces of advice I said were:
- That the path God takes you is not necessarily what you envisioned for yourself but is so much better than what you could have orchestrated
- That pursuing what God has called you to do in your vocation will not come easily, it will take prayer and perseverance and you will encounter opposition especially as you decide to stand up for what you believe is right
- To actively pursue mentors in your profession – people you can trust, however, sometimes they may come in God’s time unexpectedly
Check out this video on the importance of mentors by three well known gospel recording artists, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin and Marvin Sapp, on their own panel:
Check out this video of Jenabu Williams and his 6 year old son reciting a pledge everyday as they drive to school:
Jeff Cipiriani, a Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellow and a 2nd grade teacher at the Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School in Boston, discusses how Vital Village, a network of residents and organizations started out of Boston Medical Center and Boston University is helping him to address students who have been impacted by trauma in his classroom by having them talk about how they feel rather than punish them. Check out the article here.
Here’s a video of Vital Village’s work from their 2014 Leadership Summit: