Communication is a core competency of leadership. To master all aspects of communication is a lifelong process. Great communicators cultivate an international perspective, personal identify, accurate and precise vocabulary, the disciplines of listening and observing, among many other skills and habits. This requires daily practice and coaching.
Soundview spends the entire month of March focused on the IB Learner Profile Trait of communication. We engage the school community in an open and active dialogue about what it means to "express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways...to collaborate effectively, and listen carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups."
Coaching communications is not a curriculum unto itself - it needs multiple contexts for practice. Instead, it is purposefully embedded in all aspects of the school experience at Soundview. Here are some examples:
To become effective and confident communicators, students should have opportunities to be coached at every grade level, by all teachers, and across all subject areas. That's what we aim to do!