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Community Building

Pearls of Wisdom
By Kristen Dickhaut
Community Building

For over 30 years international school leaders, teachers, and counselors have come together for PTC professional learning experiences.  Each day of every program begins with a “pearl of wisdom,” a “nugget of knowledge,” or a “gem of inspiration” from one of the participants. We are delighted to offer our readers around the world these powerful stories, insights, and strategies, all dedicated to our shared mission of ever more and better learning for our children.  

In this pearl, Kristen Dickhaut shares her experience in uplifting morale by including time and activities that build community within her school. She explains, “it’s the people, not the programs. If you build up the people, the programs will be successful.”

Professional positions cited were the ones held at the time of recording. The positions and schools of those quoted may have since changed.

Kristen Dickhaut is the assistant principal at the Shanghai American School in China.


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