The work of educators is finding the openings where there appears to be none. When a student is upset, when best friends don’t see eye to eye, and when, even after a 30 minute lesson, there are five children who just don’t show evidence of understanding, we pivot and we break through. We comfort and re-engage the child; we talk out a conflict; we find another way to teach the same lesson. Like water, when our path is dammed, we divert and create a new path.

The 2020-2021 school year has been one of seeking openings.

Elana Nashelsky is the assistant principal of Vida Charter School.

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