“Instead of being caught in the tendency to be tunnel-visioned in whatever projects we’re working on, we have a way (even if it’s just a couple of minutes a day) to stop and reflect on the excellent work our colleagues are doing and the things we’re achieving as an organisation.”
Liz Tripp, Program Coordinator at E4E
Educators 4 Excellence (E4E) is a not-for-profit organisation focused on ensuring that teachers’ voices are heard and taken into account in education decisions in the United States. It aims to help bring about a world where educators play a leading role in delivering positive results for students, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Liz Tripp, Program Coordinator at E4E, says, “Much of the work we do has a lot of urgency and speed behind it. This means that we often don’t have time to push the big red button and think about all the good work we’re doing. We’re always rushing from one project to the next. We realised that it was really important to make sure that we had a platform that would make all the great work we were doing apparent and visible.”
Tripp says that since implementing REFFIND’s Recognition Platform, “Instead of being caught in the tendency to be tunnel-visioned in whatever projects we’re working on, we have a way (even if it’s just a couple of minutes a day) to stop and reflect on the excellent work our colleagues are doing and the things we’re achieving as an organisation.”
Jim Larson, National Director of Projects adds, “We’re also able to reinforce our organisation’s core values when celebrating each other’s work by tagging our ‘woos’ with one or more of our custom values. I find that this plays a really significant role in ensuring that values are kept front-of-mind and encourages the internal culture that we aspire to achieve.”
E4E has created a community of thousands of teachers, all dedicated to contributing to a solutions-oriented approach to education, and Embrace has helped to create a similarly engaged community within E4E itself.
Larson says, “REFFIND’s social capabilities are opening doors cross-nationally. Sometimes interactions are just in jest, but often you see questions – and that’s where we get to start opening new dialogues, sparking ideas and sharing best practices.”
To sum it all up Tripp says, “REFFIND is that place where we can all go to celebrate our successes. It’s a positive feedback loop – you see all the wonderful things people are doing and it inspires more of the same. The overall impact has been one of really increasing the positivity of our culture.”
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