"Good story Friday: You know I love teachers. Amy Leffler is our boy's teacher, and we knew that she would have a challenging year with him - yet she welcomed him with a big smile and open heart. We watched his grades start to come in this fall and felt pretty disappointed that he wasn't achieving what we thought was his potential. We showed up to our parent teacher conference ready to hear that our guy needed to buckle down and get with the program. We were ready to accept our part as well - that we probably weren't doing all we could to help him succeed in school. What happened instead was that Amy transformed our lives. She teared up and let us know that our son is special and we can't let school define him or his success - and we can trust her to help him find his way in a system that doesn't always favor kids like him. We are so lucky to have a teacher like Amy in our kid's life - and she inspired that kid to adjust and achieve - and make the A/B honor roll this week. May we all aspire to be a teacher like her - making a difference in our students lives - and their families."
-Jenny Combs, parent
What's the point of aiming at anything you know, with 100% certainty, you're going to hit? Learning - REAL learning - the kind that hurts a little before it feels better - comes from ideation and iteration. Those are fancy words for the process of creating ideas that seem ridiculous at first, then trying, and trying again to make them become reality. This website, this blog, and this project were born from a collision of two projects:
Although I already knew my "moonshot project" long before either of these two things collided on my horizon, it wasn't until I was forced to put it on paper that it became abundantly clear what I needed to do:
Billings Public Schools is home to over 16,000 students and 3,500 staff members. As the largest school district in the state of Montana, Billings has the potential to set the tone for public education in our state. At the current time in Billings, no position exists in which someone who works for the district deals with Public Relations or Communication on behalf of the district. My goal is to tackle the some of the roles of this position and create a “grass-roots” movement to chip away at the years negativity.
And so, it's time for take off! Through this forum, I intend to share a few of the hundreds of positive things that occur in Billings Public Schools on a daily basis! Let's celebrate excellence in teaching, innovation in learning and the positive outreach toward a supportive community. To the moon!
I am a proud teacher in Billings Public Schools, home to over 16,000 students and 3,500 staff members. Students in Billings are creating and collaborating like never before thanks to the technology to which they have access, and their teachers are providing them with opportunities that will make them incredible community leaders one day soon!