One of the most important things I feel I must do this year is to understand the gap that exists between where we are and where we want to be. We have identified that we want to build strong relationships with our students. To create a caring learning community where all of the students feel safe enough to take the risks needed to experience true growth. We want to make our learning environment more learner centered with students taking on an active role in that environment as opposed to a passive one. The learning experiences need to be engaging and tied to real problems where students are actively seeking real solutions. We want to create strong relationships with parents in such a way that they are partners with us in this journey. We want to build partnerships with local and regional resources so that we can connect our learning community with expertise that will impact the everyday learning experience. The hardest part for me is trying to get an objective picture of where we are and what the true gap is. Staff, students, parents, I need your help. Where are we in relation to these goals? Are these goals realistic? I need your help to “get into the gap”!