April 4, 2021 20th Anniversary, Blog

美联社雪莉·罗伯森相信真正的学习来自改变

他是芝加哥伍德隆社区安德鲁·卡内基小学的副校长, 雪莉·罗伯森每天都在为近600名学生的改变而努力. She is a proud, 自信的教育家,有远见的领导从你和她说话的第一刻起就散发出来——但事实上, she never planned or wanted to become an administrator. 

罗伯森说,当她第一次被一位前校长邀请加入学校的领导团队时,她在卡耐基做了十多年的四年级老师, she balked.  

“我的第一反应是‘绝对不行’:我的激情是在我的孩子身上.” 

直到她成功地承担起了在卡耐基四、五年级每个班级担任数学班主任的更多责任后,罗伯森才意识到,她可以在自己的课堂之外产生同样的成就感. 

For her, 这个机会给了她力量,也激励了她去做更多的事情:“四年前我走出了这个教室,从那时起我就一直站在这个位置上.”

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Today, 讨论卡内基的教师和管理人员的使命, 罗伯森很明确也很坚定:“公平是我们的第一要务.”

“We are a predominantly African-American school; however, 甚至在这里的非裔美国学生的文化中也存在着多样性. We want to give everyone an equitable chance at success, no matter what that looks like for that student.” 

She added, “If they want to step into a career, if they want to go to college, 我们在他们所在的地方遇见他们,给他们很多学生在非裔美国人为主的学校所缺乏的资源.”

For her part, 罗伯森支持学生在她的学校的成功,使教育者充分发挥他们的潜力. For example, every year, 罗伯森试图招募教师成为国家委员会认证教师(NBCTs), 参加一项旨在确保教育工作者的教学实践符合国家标准和最佳实践的为期两年的国家强化项目. This former program was brought to Chicago through a collaboration between The Fund, 电子竞技赌注的软件(CPS)和芝加哥教师工会(CTU). 

她的建议来自于她的个人经历:“尽管这是一项艰巨的任务, it was very well worth my time because of the growth that I saw, not just in my professional practice, but also in my students. It wasn’t just about scoring higher on a test, but the connection that I made with my students, and really understanding my craft.” 

Even now as an administrator without her own classroom, 她继续更新她的NBCT证书,以象征她对高质量教学的奉献:“如果我必须在一群成年人面前, and I am teaching them what best practices are and look like, 我必须确保我的教学实践符合国家委员会的标准.” 

By modeling a dedication to the highest level of teaching, 罗伯森希望能激励她的教学团队的老师. 适用于正在接受严格专业发展和反馈的教师, she stated, “我能让他们知道,那些红色的标记和修改将会让你成为另一个人。.”

She summarized, “All true learning comes by the way of change. And I had to change myself, send myself through this sort of metamorphosis, and reflect on my own craft to know I can be better.”

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改变——不断反思如何成为更好的教育者——是罗伯森和卡内基应对远程学习和COVID大流行带来的挑战的核心. 

在2020年春季开始向远程学习转变的时候, their administrative team made sure to reach out to staff, students and families, 强调照顾自己心理健康的重要性. 他们还通过增加学校通讯的频率来增加与家庭的定期交流.

Roberson’s own daughter attends Carnegie as a third grader, 在如何理解和解决学校社区的需求方面给她一些有帮助的观点. When uncertainty was high and families were looking for answers, she says she regularly asked herself: “If I was a parent, 我现在需要从管理人员那里听到什么才能让我感觉好点?” 

在2020-21学年开始时,学生们被安排远程授课, she and her team leapt into action, 制定一个公平的计划,确保所有学生都能学习. Roberson said that luckily, 因为卡内基从2012年开始就是一所一对一的科技学校, and developed a Balanced Literacy Program before the pandemic, the students at the school were able to adjust.

“Having a Chromebook in front of them, going on a site, 与他们的老师在谷歌会议:在本学年之前, they were familiar with that,” she said, “我们唯一需要让孩子们做好的准备就是在我们需要他们停留的时间内停留.”

She emphasized that even in the remote and hybrid environment, 她和她的团队正在竭尽全力地学习他们所需要的背景知识,以确保所有学生都能获得高质量的学习, equitable instruction. “这不仅仅是‘登录并完成分配给我的工作’,”她说. “这是他们自2012年以来一直在学习实施的有意义的活动.” 

But no matter the circumstances, 她将继续帮助领导卡耐基,作为一名教育工作者,她专注于磨练自己的技能,并把学生放在首位. 她分享道:“我知道此时此刻,我来到了上帝指引我的地方。. “I am elated to be able to affect change on a broader scale.”