Ensuring a Positive Culture at Proximity Learning is Achieved Through Our Connected Community

Daryl Chesley
April 6, 2023

At Proximity Learning, we strive to create an environment that fosters growth, innovation, and collaboration. Our teachers are at the heart of this effort as they bring their unique voices and perspectives into the classroom. We value their opinions, insights, and dedication as we create a positive learning experience for all of our students. We collectively refer to these efforts as our Connected Community.

The “why” that binds all of us at Proximity Learning is our mission of “Connecting all learners with the expert teachers they deserve.” 

We are committed to:

• Developing a strong teacher community through regular events and professional development activities

• Providing effective tools for teacher-student collaboration

• Ensuring teachers have access to the latest learning technologies and teaching strategies

• Supporting teachers in their professional development goals and helping them reach their highest potential

Teachers Lead Corporate Culture

As a global organization (we have teammates living across the country and the world) great care must be taken to establish and nurture a positive organizational culture. We have done this by creating our Connected Community. It is a process that allows all teachers’ and teammates’ voices to be heard and valued. 

Since we are an organization of teachers, it is only logical that our teachers take the lead in shaping our corporate culture. They do this by leading our corporate committees called Essential Element Committees. Each committee is aligned to support one of the pillars of our Connected Community. 

Proximity teachers are trusted to develop creative solutions and help get results quickly. By building trust between teachers and the corporate team, there is a direct line of communication that allows everyone to better understand each other's goals and work together towards a common mission.

Equity for 1Million Students

With the ambitious goal of reaching 1 million students, it is imperative that the shared values, attitudes, and beliefs among our teammates are aligned.  

A positive organizational culture can bring many benefits to a workplace, both for employers and employees. 

Employees get to bring their best selves to work every day, without fear of negative judgment or criticism. They know that they are valued teammates who are respected professionally. Not only does it create an environment of mutual respect and team-building, but it also increases employee engagement and encourages collaboration. 

Higher employee morale translates into happier workers who bring enthusiasm to their classrooms and contribute innovative ideas. In addition, a positive culture fosters open communication channels between teammates, resulting in higher productivity rates. All these factors contribute to the academic success of our students. 

At Proximity Learning, our culture is led by our teachers. They are the heart of what we do – without great teachers, we couldn’t provide an excellent education to our students. Our teachers know finding work-life balance is critical to giving it their all at work. Being a teacher is challenging, but they also understand the value of what they do every day. That’s why we regularly communicate with our team members and ask for feedback so that everyone knows their voices are heard and valued. 

What steps have you taken to make sure your company, school, or district has a positive corporate culture?

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about the author
Daryl Chesley

Dr. Daryl Chesley serves as the Director of Innovation at Proximity Learning. His areas of oversight include Curriculum Development & Implementation, Teacher Effectiveness, Professional Development, Organizational Innovations, Asynchronous Instruction, Institutional Funding and Proximity Learning’s Instructional Metaverse Development.

Prior to joining Proximity Learning, he held many leadership roles in public education and non-profit Healthcare education: including teacher, coach, High School Principal, Director and Assistant Superintendent of Instruction / Chief Academic Officer. He served in the US Navy. He attended Villanova University for undergraduate and earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from The George Washington University. Daryl currently serves on the Board of Directors for Maine ASCD.

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