Bio: Steve Borley has worked in Distributed Learning for 16 years, and in bricks and mortar education for 13 years before that. Conflict between the home and the school seems to be very resilient; over the years, I believe I have made some progress in combating conflict between the home and the school. Am I growing in wisdom, mellowing with age, or losing my awareness of the reality around me? That’s a rhetorical question in case your hand went up! Aside from my faith and the growing realization that the plank in my eye might be affecting my vision of others, it is my wife’s career that has impacted my thinking on the stressors educators face including conflict. As an emergency room nurse, her stress and my stress don’t usually belong in the same discussion. And yet I have witnessed her come home, unwind, and go back to the fray for the next shift – and even sign up for some overtime shifts. Conflict creates very negative stress unless we view it carefully with an eye to professional service and the betterment of our school and those we serve. It is my hope to one day be known as an educator who is full of a steady joy in the midst of peace and conflict alike and I think there are a few things people in the home and the school can do to move in that direction.
Steve will be presenting one workshop:
Combating Conflict in the Home-School Relationship: Why does conflict seem to be an inevitable part of the educational world? What can educators and parents do to work through conflict successfully? How do you prepare for conflict? How can you work to reduce the likelihood of conflict occurring? This interactive workshop won’t give you definitive answers to your questions nor a three-step process for eliminating conflict in the educational world.
However, this workshop might give you some hand and toe holds as you attempt to scale whatever cliff lies in front of you.