Faculty/Staff In-service Focuses on Communication and Collaboration

Fresh off of spring break, the St. Anne School faculty and staff gathered together on Monday, April 29, for a one-day retreat to examine the theme of “Communication and Collaboration.” Plaza de Magdalena generously donated its venue for the group to join together to discuss the mission and vision of the school.
Fresh off of spring break, the St. Anne School faculty and staff gathered together on Monday, April 29, for a one-day retreat to examine the theme of “Communication and Collaboration.” Plaza de Magdalena generously donated its venue for the group to join together to discuss the mission and vision of the school.
 
Monsignor Urell opened the event with a homily that encouraged attendees to view everyone with mercy and compassion, whether they be co-workers, students, or parents. He emphasized that you never know what someone might be going through in their own life and that seeing through the lens of love and compassion while extending grace allows everyone to thrive. He also encouraged everyone to focus on gratitude because this begets graciousness towards others.
 
Next Kemmer Matteson, a professional business coach and facilitator, had the faculty and staff break into two groups to play the “black and red game.” The purpose of the game was to help participants see that if one person loses, we all lose, but if we work together to help each other succeed, everyone wins.
 
Finally, breakout groups consisting of a mix of faculty and staff of varying roles and grades were each given questions to discuss and then present. Sincere thought, passion, and care went in to the ideas that each table shared, and consistent areas for improvement and proposals clearly emerged.
 
The collaboration amongst faculty and staff will continue as committees and action items are being formed based on the main deliverables of the meeting.

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