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We will be different

By Sharron Helmke
June 2020
Vol. 41, No. 3
When we found schools closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us wondered, “When are we getting back to normal?” A few weeks later, the question changed to, “Will we get back to normal?” And now, we’re realizing the old normal won’t be back, at least not anytime soon. Still, we will eventually return to our campuses, students will once again walk through our doors, and in-person schooling will resume. But that doesn’t mean we can pick up where we left off. Things will be different, and it won’t just be because we might be wearing face masks. We will be different. There are steps we need to take, starting now, to ensure that our staff members have the emotional resources necessary to

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Sharron Helmke

Sharron Helmke (sharronhelmke@gmail.com) is a Gestalt awareness coach and a senior consultant for Learning Forward.

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