Action is the foundational key to all success. – Pablo Picasso
In order to success, we must first do. Success requires action; it requires action with purpose and skill.
If you strive to be successful you must be willing to try. You must be willing learn from your successful and your failures. You must be willing to act.
Don’t expect others to “do it for you” . . . be part of the team and jump in together. Don’t try to go it alone . . . bring others on your journey. Build relationships, develop skills, and create connections . . . it all starts with action.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill
It is wonderful to find and to earn success. Success earned through hard work, through dedication, and through persistence is a sweet reward. We should cherish and reflect on our successes; living in the moment is a key to a happy life. We must also see success as one stop on our journey. The ultimate success is being able to enjoy the journey and skill keep moving forward.
Failures are part of our journey as well. We will fall, we will stumble, and we will get knocked down. Just as successes are not final, failure are simply events on our path. Both success and failure require reflection . . . both success and failure demand that we grow along the way.
It takes courage, a courage we intentionally desire to instill in our youth, to continue on the path to growth and improvement. It takes the same courage to move on from a success as it does to get up from a failure. We can no more bask in the glory of a victory than we can wallow in the sorrow of a defeat. We keep moving forward.
Commit to the journey . . . Commit to building skill and making a difference each and every day.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. – Albert Einstein
Teachers don’t simply impart knowledge . . . they teach students how to seek and acquire knowledge on their own. The skills and information teachers provide from textbooks is static; much of the static information can be found by simply using Google on an iPhone. What separates high quality education today is awakening the joy in learning. What sets Hilliard apart is our commitment to developing persistence, determination, and relationships through a personalized approach to learning.
Teaching is both an art and a science. We use data and statistics to measure progress. We cultivate the art and joy of learning by educating the whole child.
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. – Michael Jordan
As adults, one of the greatest attributes we can model for young people is the ability to learn from mistakes. Failures are not a destination but rather a hurdle on our journey to success. We will fail, we will learn, and we will improve.
In our schools we must support students, challenge students, and push students. We must push students to their personal “edge.” Only when students reach their edge, only when students reach the edge of their ability, will they learn to adapt, adjust, and improve. School shouldn’t be easy . . . school should be a challenge. School prepares students for the real world – and the real world isn’t easy.
Education must be personal – each student has his or her own edge. From the gifted student to the student with challenges in the classroom . . . the edge is personal. Let’s commit to ensure that every student, every young person, has the willingness to accept failure in the face of challenges. As Michael Jordan reminds us, “the only failure is not trying.”
Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. – George Washington Carver
In a diverse country is a mounting list of challenges, in a period of time with unparalleled change, the key to unlock a successful future is education.
Watching the evening news, reading news alerts on our phones, and listening to our political leaders raises our awareness of the realities in today’s America. Even here in our hometown, we are faced with real world issues and increasingly complex challenges.
The key to unlocking a better future, the silver bullet to what divides us, is education. We have both the awesome responsibility and the joyful opportunity to unlock the door for each and every student in our classrooms. We get to mold and shape the future we desire. We must work to align our visions, personalize our practices, and step-up to the challenges. It is our time . . . let’s use our key to unlock the future.
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. – Henry Adams
The American education system has been the foundation of this country since our inception. Our culture is based, our economy is built upon, the structured public education system preparing the next generation. We live our promise that the next generation will build on the accomplishments of their parents by preparing our young people for success.
In Ohio, our public schools are enumerated in the Ohio Constitution. While much has changed since 1803, Ohio’s teachers remain central in the education process. The work of these dedicated professionals, the influence they have on the future, lasts an eternity.
The next generation of doctors, of political leaders, and of entrepreneurs are in our classrooms today. We must commit to developing and supporting the talented educators in our classrooms. Their influence never stops.
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. – George Bernard Shaw
The future will be won by those who apply the lessons of the past to meet the challenges of the future. We learn from past experiences, we build on the failures and successes, but we can’t try to retrace our steps . . . we can’t aim to recreate a time gone by.
Reflection – the ability to adapt and adjust – is essential and how we respond to future challenges. As we model our growth mindset, as we embrace the productive discomfort of change, we follow an endless vision for improvement. We examine traditions and experiences . . . we seek to get better. We learn from both success and failure . . . we strive to improve.
Our responsibility is to create the future we desire. Our success in the future will not be determined by recollection of the past, but success will be determined by application of past experiences to shape a better future.
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. – Abraham Lincoln
One of our core values is “Stand up and Own it.” We practice this by our actions; we model this with our students. We have a personal responsibility to build skill and to embrace a growth mindset.
As adults, we have a responsibility to prepare the next generation of American leaders through the quality of our public education system. Our parents, their parents, and their parents before them lived up to the responsibility to prepare us – today’s leaders – for success. Past generations worked and sacrificed so that we have the tremendous opportunities we have today. Now it’s our turn . . . it’s our time to “Stand up and Own it.”
There is no evading our responsibility today; that will only lead to failures in the future. We must step up and accept today’s challenges. We know that evading challenges today only delays the inevitable. We are proud to step up and make a difference today . . . it will lead to a brighter tomorrow.
Culture is like a tree. It takes years to cultivate and grow and yet it can be chopped down in a minute. Protect your culture. – Jon Gordon
Our culture is based on trust. It is built over time, through experiences, and it can be lost in a moment.
We must actively protect our culture. We can’t permit anyone to threaten the culture we strive to build and maintain. It is up to all of us . . . we can’t let our guard down. We must stand-up for the culture we demand. We must confront those who undermine our culture – call them out.
Our culture, our values, are the core of who we are. Cultivate our culture and protect what we’ve built.
Character is consistency. It’s following-through on who you say you are and what you say you’ll do. – Brian Kight
It’s simple. Your character is how others experience you. Are you consistent? Can you be counted on? Is your word worthy of your intentions?
Each and every day, purposefully work to have others experience the “you” that you want to be. Follow through on who you say you are . . . do what you say and say what you’ll do.