George Bernard Shaw once said that progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

Those of us who have been educators realize that change is going to come and come often, so the more prepared we are, the better equipped we are to reach our students. This is a new day in education with new ways of teaching and new ways of engaging with the curriculum.

Social Circle City Schools, along with Oglethorpe County and Jackson County Schools, are participating in the PAGE Northeast Georgia School District Network, sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators and the Schlechty Center. The Schlechty Center is a private, non-profit organization committed to partnering with education leaders who want to develop a culture of engagement with the ultimate goal of increasing deep learning.

Last week, teams of educators and principals from each of the four Social Circle schools, plus a team from the District Office, met for a two-day event in Jefferson, Georgia, with the sole purpose of becoming change agents to help transform our schools into organizations that engage all students so that they all are prepared for college and/or the workforce, and life. It’s our desire that all students not only learn but that they thrive while gaining knowledge. This will only happen as we change to meet the needs of the 21st Century student.

As we participate in this two-year initiative, teachers will deepen their leadership abilities and work to develop collaborative skills enabling each to work with colleagues and students, so that eventually others become catalysts for change. Principals will deepen their understanding of their role as a leader of other leaders. All of us may have to change a bit as we work together and move in a common direction for lasting change that transforms our organization... Social Circle City Schools. This is a very exciting time to be in the field of education.

Change is never easy, but as Frederick Douglass said, ”If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” We want to progress, but more than that, we, along with the families and community, want to train our students and give them the needed skills to be successful. This will only happen if we change what we do and engage our students daily.

Dr. Todd McGhee is the superintendent of Social Circle City Schools. His email address is todd.mcghee@scboe.org.