Appalachian Renaissance Leadership Declaration
Leader\li:der\n.: Anyone who holds her- or himself accountable for finding potential in people or resources.
To the students, teachers, and principals.
To the politicians, community leaders, and decision makers.
To neighbors, partners, and colleagues.
To all of us, from all of us:
We will show up, we will learn, and we will inspire.
We are hardwired for connection, curiosity, and engagement.
We crave purpose, and we have a deep desire to create and contribute.
We will take risks, embrace our vulnerabilities, and be courageous.
We understand that when learning and work are dehumanized – when people are no longer seen and daring is no longer encouraged, or when only what we produce or how we perform are valued – we disengage and turn away from the very things the world needs from all of us: our talent, our ideas, and our passion.
There are examples of excellence all around us. We will celebrate and expand these exemplars so that all of us together achieve our potential to serve our region’s learners.
We believe that feedback is a function of respect; we will have honest conversations about our strengths and our opportunities for growth and we will celebrate our contributions and commitment.
Engage with us in this work, learn with us, and…