We love our students. We love our communities. We are educators because we believe in contributing to society now and into the future–toward justice, abundance, and beauty. My colleague, Dr. William Jackson (principal of Nathan Hale High School in Seattle Public Schools), has written that the the past belongs to our ancestors and elders; we must pick up all they have provided for us and keep moving forward. Therefore, the present belongs to us to learn and act. Why? Because the future belongs to our students and those yet to come. We are all connected across time and we have an obligation to do the work that honors our ancestors and truly values our youth and descendants.
We are living in times full of lessons to learn, questions to answer, and opportunities to claim. A global pandemic, the active resistance to racial injustice, the evidence of Indigenous erasure and genocide through residential/boarding “schools” are calling us to take collective action to reimagine what is possible and necessary to truly serve our students and communities. What are our shared dreams for what is possible as we reshape society toward justice, abundance, and beauty? What is the work necessary right here and right now to make those shared dreams our shared reality? What knowledges, skills, practices, beliefs, structures must we carry and center to transform how we do our work? During our time together we will imagine and dream together! We will reflect and plan for what educators can and must believe and do to keep stepping into this moment. We will aim to collectively answer the call before us to realize a brighter future through education.