Dear Friends and Partners,
Standing in our values of compassion, humility, courage, equity, dignity and joy, we wanted to reach out to let you know that we are here to partner with you in prioritizing the health and wellbeing of your students, parents, and staff during this challenging moment in time.
Over the past couple of weeks and months, we have all grown increasingly aware of the significant impact COVID-19/coronavirus is having on people and organizations across our community and around the world. While this Partnership highly values the co-creative and relationship-building nature of working together in-person, the health and well-being of all is our main priority.
With this in mind, the Backbone Team is currently revising and re-assessing how we can collectively embrace our ability to be flexible and creative in moving into remote collaboration through on-line meetings and other forms of virtual teamwork. In the coming days and weeks we will be ramping up to leverage various technology tools to help you maintain your momentum toward results, and even to deepen your connections despite the distance
Here are a few immediate specifics:
- Other than a few canceled meetings, all meetings, now through April 13, will happen virtually via Zoom. Meeting participants will be sent specific Zoom instructions as well as “How To” hints and tips. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or specific technology issues as we want to make sure everyone has equitable access to these forums [firstname.lastname@example.org]
- Our Team Facilitators are working hard to ensure that virtual meetings will continue to be interactive and engaging through the use of advanced meeting features such as chats, breakout “rooms,” whiteboards and screen sharing. This will be a true “learning in action” experience for us all and we look forward to muddling through some messiness with you at our side. We hope that you will continue to prioritize these meetings and be “present” for each other as you would for your in-person meetings.
- Refer to the Meeting Calendar on the website for a complete and accurate schedule. Please keep all meetings on your calendar unless otherwise notified.
We know that moments like these disproportionately impact those who are already affected by inequity. Your proven ability to work together in partnership – across sectors, roles and geographic boundaries – is exactly what’s needed, now more than ever, and we are here to support you in that effort.
In wellness and community,
The Backbone Team
PS – Many Partner organizations have excellent up-to-date COVID-19/coronavirus information. Here are just a few: