Happy New Year!

We are so fortunate being educators because we get to celebrate the "New Year" twice each year! The start of the school year is known in many circles as the "second" new year.

Truly, we do have an opportunity to start anew with the start of each school year. Students are excited to get back, parents are excited to get kids back into a routine and educators are excited (well, most of them are!) to have students back in class. Most of you are ready, but we know coming off of the summer recess is a tough transition sometimes.

One of the themes for Northwest AEA this year is to create "lollipop moments.” The AEA staff viewed a TED video by Drew Dudley called "Everyday leadership" during our opening day, which highlights the importance of taking time to make magical moments for those around you. Our challenge here, and I hope your challenge in the schools, is to create those lollipop moments. From what I have seen, many of you are experts at this.

I would like to thank you, in advance, for all that you will do this year for your students and families. As I work with principals and superintendents, I usually hear the most outrageous and unbelievable scenarios about what happens with our students and families. You just can’t make this stuff up! So, thank you for making a major impact in somebody’s life, whether it is a fellow educator, a single-parent struggling to make ends meet or a student looking for direction. Whether or not you know it, you have tremendous potential to make a difference and impact lives because of your role. Strive for those lollipop moments this year!

Also, be sure to check out our blogs, which we hope will inform, inspire and guide your daily work:

For a complete listing of all blogs, please go to the Northwest AEA website. You can also sign up for an RSS feed to automatically receive blog updates (instructions provided on the Northwest AEA website).

Happy New Year!

Dr. Tim Grieves
Chief Administrator