BUILDING SCHOOL RELATIONSHIPS
Building School Relationships is a program to help school leaders explore better relationships with everyone involved with the school. Michael Auden has created the Building School Relationships program after working with hundreds of schools across Australia in recent years.
The Building School Relationships Workshop program
What do teachers and parents want?
School values and practices
A school vision
When things go wrong
Grumpy school syndrome
How to deal with parents who are angry, troubled, afraid or just plain crazy
Falling in love again
Postcards from school
Brand the learning experience
Remind me that this is the best school for my child
Champions and ambassadors within your school
Advocates around your school
Story telling your school brand
Build better school relationships plan
BUY - CONDUCT - ATTEND
How do we create school relationships that stay alive?
People want their lives to mean something. We seek one another to develop capacities to educate our children. With all these innate and wonderful desires we need to create a clear and coherent school identity.
Your school identity has many dimensions: history, values, actions, core beliefs, competencies, principles, purpose, mission. None of these tell us who the school is. Some tell us what the school wants to be. Some are revealing of who it really is. Together they spell out an aspiration.
Every school is an identity trying to make a difference. An important effort by any school is to engage its people in an exploration of its purpose. How does this school contribute to each person’s hopes and desires? Is the school purpose big enough to welcome the contributions of all it’s people?
Most schools are too busy to focus on the desires of parents, teachers and students. If schools took the time to ground their efforts in the deep connections it has with people, they would be overwhelmed by the energy and engagement so willingly given. All people connected to a school desire an identity to organise around.
But frequently, as we look at schools, we see multiple messages, goals, and behaviours that tell conflicting stories. Schools with multiple personality disorder confuse us.
The antidote for an incoherent school is integrity. People and schools with integrity are wholly themselves. At their centre is clarity.
People who can love their school are saying a loud yes to belonging. When they say yes to a school, they are making a strong and positive response. They will respond and act differently.
People need schools to nurture their passions. People wish to work together. Schools can do so much more if they rely on the passion evoked when people connect to others. Schools can and will flourish when we remember that we belong together.