Time for Change

The following story is from Executive Director Derran Wimer’s message in the December 2016 edition of “Align & Engage.”
Believe it or not, we’ve nearly arrived at the end of another year of accomplishments achieved and lessons learned. Some of us are already looking ahead to the New Year and ways we can change our lives – and the lives of others – for the better.
Instead of always looking ahead to the next best thing, I encourage you to focus on the present. Focus your energy on what is happening in the here and now versus spending more time on what might happen or what could happen.
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Setting goals are great and sometimes necessary to meet with success. In fact, we encourage educators to help students set academic goals. While setting goals requires us to think about the future, we are less likely to achieve them when we spend more time thinking and planning and less time doing and taking action. You are capable of effecting change at any moment of any day. Remember, just because Jan. 1, 2017 is a few weeks away doesn’t mean you can’t begin making changes now.

At Summit Education Initiative, we believe every moment along a child’s educational experience matters, too. From cradle to career. At any point students may fall behind as a result of myriad circumstances, or they may meet with success. Caring adults may provide interventions at any time to support positive changes in students’ academic performances in school. It’s never too late to help make even a slight difference.

I hope you enjoy the time you have to spend with family members, friends and colleagues this holiday season. I look forward to working with you again in the New Year. In the meantime, I encourage you to reflect on ways you are making a difference in the lives of children in our community and then act on your potential to expand them.