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Value and Assumptions: How is the American School of Madrid approaching reopening their school?

Greg Varner

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Kim Cullen, Upper School Director, Jesus Iravedra, Director Administrative Services, and Ben Weinberg, Head of School, outlined their approach and lessons learned in reopening the American School of Madrid (ASM).

The Values and Assumptions that ASM followed were

  • Connect with others around shared values
  • Focus on process, not product
  • There is no single right answer
  • Highlight the importance of team
  • Generate conversations around values and assumptions

The process they followed was

  • Research
  • Confirm Values
  • Iterate
  • Evaluate
  • Reiterate / decide
  • Communicate

The lessons learned are

  • This is a moving target and we need to be intentional and flexible.
  • Plan. If we wait until we have all of the answers, we will be too late.
  • Timely communication is key.
  • Value of teamwork and connection.
  • We need to be guided by patience and compassion.
  • Importance of generating trust among the community. 



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