Holiday Reflection as 2020 Comes to a Close


By Art Costa, Allison Zmuda, and Bena Kallick


An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of humanity.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

2020 is close to ending and although we have experienced many hardships and losses, we also feel pride in our resilience, capacity to be innovative, and courageously hopeful about the future.

Every day we face the inequities of our society with a greater sense of urgency. We are confronted with the history of trauma and the need to make sure that we do not continue to support it through our own denial rather than finding ways to collectively support one another toward better problem solving.

Although the media promotes how polarized we are, when we truly dialogue with perspectives other than our own, we find many commonalities. Regardless of politics, we are continually committed to our children and our students. When we put them at the forefront of our minds, we find many agreements around how schooling can be a more personal, humane, and innovative opportunity for all of our children to be prepared for the world as it is and how they imagine it could be.

So our December conversation is one of reflective journaling. As we reveal each of our personal thoughts, worries, and hopes, perhaps you will be inspired to mark the end of this year and look forward to the next year similarly.

Wishing you a safe, restful vacation so that we can continue to grow our thinking together in the New Year.


Bena Kallick
Twitter: @benakallick
LinkedIn: Bena Kallick
Art Costa
Allison Zmuda
Twitter: @allison_zmuda
LinkedIn: Allison Zmuda
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