How Many People Influence a Student’s Life?

We wanted to pass along the opening quote from this article about the journey our students make from Kindergarten through 12th grade:

“Schools must connect the strands across dozens of teachers, thousands of lessons, and 15,000 hours of schooling to ensure that each student leaves as a well-educated, decent human being.”

This powerful graphic that shows that the average student may encounter approximately 66 different teachers from Kindergarten through 12th grade.  However, that doesn’t take into consideration a student’s interactions with administrators, coaches, counselors, volunteers, assistants, cafeteria workers, custodians, etc.

The powerful takeaway from this article is that “Everyone contributes in some small way to growing students up.”  This perspective reminds us of the power we have to be a positive influence – no matter how small – in the lives of the students we interact with.

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