Public school superintendents understand about difference making. We know that little things can collectively make a big difference. We are humble enough to know that we are just one piece of the puzzle, but we also are aware enough to realize that we can have an impact on individuals and complete organizations. Mahatma Gandhi helps us understand our role when he said, “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” Sometimes it is through our work with individual people or other times it is by putting policies and processes in place, but our work has the capacity to shake the world.
We do it in our local districts, and we do it through our state organization. You make a difference through your involvement in IAPSS. The difference you make might be by helping a colleague who is struggling with an issue; your efforts let others know that they are not alone. You also make a difference by helping IAPSS send a collective message to legislators and the public.
What I love about most superintendents is that they are modest and inspiring at the same time. Thank you for making a difference as individuals and especially for the collective difference you make as members of IAPSS. We need you – never doubt the difference you make!