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  • Column: Active Listening Helps Us Continue to Learn about Saint Paul Public Schools

    As we turn the page toward a new semester, I am reminded how quickly the days pass by. This week has been a wonderful reminder about the skill of active listening. While my colleagues and friends in the SPPS community are rarely shy, I enjoy learning and growing from perspectives that are shared with me. Part of the process of being an active listener is providing the time and space to create an environment of trust and support. One thing I am working on is leaving my cell phone behind or tucked away. I have also removed nearly all notifications from my device. In the time I’ve set my phone aside, I feel more present in meetings and conversations. This past week gave me a great chance to put active listening to the test.

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