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Check Yourself

Unintentional biases can seep
into our interactions. My school
is racially and ethnically diverse,
with 42 different languages spoken
at home. I reflected on past interactions before I set my goal, and I
thought I might have been guilty
of leaving some parents out-I
might naturally have talked more
often or more deeply with white
families, fathers, PTA officers,
sports fans, or anyone else who
has commonalities with me. What
message is that sending? Aiming
for 100 percent helps minimize the
risk of leaving people out.
Even when I'm getting to everyone, I must still try to watch myself
"from the balcony." I take note to
see whether I have the same eye contact, smile, and enthusiasm for all
parents, regardless of race, gender,
etc. People are accustomed to facing
some kind of bias, intentional or
not. I hope to surprise them with an
equal amount of warmth.

Even if they miss a goodbye
because the crowd was
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else needs me, they see
and hear my attempts to
connect with everyone.
Here's the best part: This strategy doesn't have to be perfect. I
often fall short! But the effort is
rewarded. Most parents can sense
good intentions. Even if they miss
a goodbye because the crowd was
too large or someone else needs
me, they see and hear my attempts
to connect with everyone. The
intended message is out there-
we see you, we welcome you, and
you're one of us! Who wouldn't feel
good about that?
Jesse Kraft is principal of Coates
Elementary School in Centreville, Virginia.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Principal - September/October 2019

From the Editor
Snapshots
5 Things
Getting to Why
A Brighter Future for Personalized Learning
Models of Voice and Choice
When Rural Gets Personal
Research Roundup: The Personal Touch
New Sensation
The Language of Learning
Giving Back, Together
In the Spotlight
Practitioner’s Corner
Early Career
Raising the Bar
The Reflective Principal
Speaking Out
Parents & Schools
NAESP Partners & Advertiser Index
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