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We believe in the power of pause so much that we created an entire community for it.

The pandemic exacerbated the need for leaders to have a safe place to turn inward to more effectively lead outward. We launched Connected Community to be that safe place for both introspection and connection with other educators. This video captures reflections from educators on how they are navigating the leadership challenges of this year and what Connected Community has meant to them.

We believe in the power of pause so much that we created an entire community for it.

The pandemic exacerbated the need for leaders to have a safe place to turn inward to more effectively lead outward. We launched Connected Community to be that safe place for both introspection and connection with other educators. This video captures reflections from educators on how they are navigating the leadership challenges of this year and what Connected Community has meant to them.

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“I thought the pandemic response would be a sprint but it has become a marathon. At some point, I hit an anxiety wall. Thankfully, that was right at the time I decided to join Connected Community. The participants and facilitators are pushing my thinking as I retrain my brain and perspective for the road ahead.”

Erin Anderson

Paulding County, Middle School Teacher

“I thought the pandemic response would be a sprint but it has become a marathon. At some point, I hit an anxiety wall. Thankfully, that was right at the time I decided to join Connected Community. The participants and facilitators are pushing my thinking as I retrain my brain and perspective for the road ahead.”

Erin Anderson

Paulding County, Middle School Teacher

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For students at the Department of Juvenile Justice, quarantine produced even more separation and isolation from their networks, cutting off connections with their support systems.

Saturday visits with family were suspended indefinitely. Teachers were barred from facilities, reducing “school” to a worksheet and pencil provided by a correctional officer.

Not to be deterred, Dr. Angela Burse’s partnership with GLISI fueled her team’s inspiration and fresh ideas to meet the needs of historically marginalized students.

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A Conversation with...

Dr. Leslie Hazle Bussey (GLISI’s Executive Director) &
Dr. Angela Burse (Regional Principal with Georgia’s Department of Juvenile Justice)

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"GLISI always gives me a lot to think about, many different perspectives to consider, and an opportunity to say out loud what my perspective is and reflect on it."

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"GLISI always gives me a lot to think about, many different perspectives to consider, and an opportunity to say out loud what my perspective is and reflect on it."

Connected Community Participant

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The often overlooked power of pause is the solitude it offers—to better know yourself, so you can more effectively lead others.

The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery were a painful call this summer to steady our resolve and work tirelessly for a Georgia where schools and communities pursue breakthrough success for every student. This year, our team harnessed the power of pause to reaffirm our commitment to racial justice and equity.

The often overlooked power of pause is the solitude it offers—to better know yourself, so you can more effectively lead others.

The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery were a painful call this summer to steady our resolve and work tirelessly for a Georgia where schools and communities pursue breakthrough success for every student. This year, our team harnessed the power of pause to reaffirm our commitment to racial justice and equity.

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We reaffirmed our commitment to equity with a more explicit focus on racial justice in our work with school leaders. We pushed the conversation into new spaces and invested in our own skill development to bring deeper connection and empowerment for our children.

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Our commitments were visible in the design of Connected Community sessions we led in Spring/Summer of 2020 and are the bedrock of new partnerships underway in Forsyth and Carroll counties.

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"People learn from hearing from other people's experiences and stories. We have to move educators out of their silos of knowledge about race and social justice."

- Connected Community Participant, June 2020