Mary-Jo Hill

01 Aug 2018
Recognition. So vital and so important. One of the most powerful incidental outcomes of coaching teachers and wider educational staff is that they feel personally and professionally recognised for who they are and what they do. Why do I think that Coach for School Improvement will win the Rural Business Award 2018/9 , for best Educational Business in the East of England? Well, teachers are a backbone and a life force of our rural communities. Teachers inspire children every day to value their environment, their relationships, their community. Coach for School Improvement celebrates these vital contributions made by those serving our rural communities, those who are helping our next generations care for their surroundings. We need to value them and nurture them and challenge them co-constructively. This is what we do. Rural Business is a lonely path. Founding and establishing and then growing a business to support a rural existence is perhaps not as easy as it used to be. Retail is on a downward trend. Professional services and meaningful connections are on the up. This award, sponsored by Amazon, has the immense ability to help grow this business; by offering a badge of credibility, to pique further interest, to self validate my work. But most importantly it triumphs the everyday of the teacher. It sends a message that rural schools can be as relevant and dynamic as the lure of the urban and it supports the structure for teachers from all areas to connect with and learn from each other. It values them. And, from a business perspective, the supposed 20% + increase in productivity for being valued for who you are, in addition to what you do, cannot be disregarded. (Need to now dig out that research from the Hass Business School, Berkeley, California.) #coaching#schools#ruralbusinessawards#ruralbusiness