Focus on the solution

USD 113 has experienced many challenging situations in its eleven years of existence. This past year has been one of the most difficult. It is more important than ever to encourage a culture of communication and collaboration. This helps to create an effective learning environment.

With a conscious effort, we can make improvements. We can be intentional with our conversations and our goal of finding solutions. When we are not focused on solutions, we are complaining. This is not improving the problem. In fact, it often makes our schools less productive by spreading negativity. Taking concerns to social media or other venues does nothing to improve a specific problem for the students in our district.

One of author Jon Gordon’s books is the No Complaining Rule. Gordon suggests that organizations foster a sense of positivity by establishing the expectation that the right to complain is earned when a viable solution is offered. “Complain” to the person or people who can make a difference and as you communicate the problem, provide a solution. Communicate with those who have control over situations. Many are experiencing generalized frustration at this time – please be specific about the issue and a potential solution. We have a responsibility to each other to actively search for solutions, to work with those who have control over situations in order to improve our schools and our communities.

Effective communication doesn’t just happen. It takes focus and effort. Educators and parents have the same goal – the success of our kids. Communication is the responsibility of all involved. By continuing to work together, we can further strengthen the education of our children.

As an organization of people serving people, USD 113 will never be perfect; but we can make a commitment to continuously improve. In order to build a positive culture for children, it is important to understand the problem, but it is more important to spend time on finding solutions.


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Todd Evans currently serves as Superintendent of Prairie Hills USD No. 113 in Kansas. USD No. 113 operates Pre-K through 12 schools in the communities of Sabetha, Wetmore and Axtell.

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