My Song

Music motivates. It deconstructs and simplifies. It energizes, challenges, and calls us to live out the ideals we know to be possible. It can even lend clarity to a vision.

Some lyrics and songs resonate at a level that is difficult to explain to anyone else. Yet, to be true to ourselves we try.

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong UNITED is one of those songs for me. (I'm listening to it as I share this reflection with you now.)

Every time I listen to Oceans I think about education. I also think about faith, courage, and leadership. But most of all, I think about serving our students.

The work our students desperately need us to be doing is not easy. Fortunately, we aren't doing it alone.

My encouragement for you is to continue to put your all into the kids you're serving. Never underestimate your impact when you dream bigger for them. Your service matters. Your calling has the capability of crushing barriers that may seem insurmountable to others.

Keep your eyes up. Find your song. Unswervingly seek student success for all kids. Do not rest until you've empowered them to reach their full academic, social, moral, and creative potential (as people, leaders, and learners).

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Dr. Brad Gustafson is an elementary principal, author, and speaker. He believes schools can be spaces where creativity and innovation thrive, but only when we prioritize relationships and a relevant, connected pedagogy. 


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