Making a difference at Chicago Public Schools
October 26, 2010

How do you know you're making a difference?

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Kaila Calabrese : September 10, 2014 10:01 pm
I think that Aura has made a huge difference in the lives of everyone that she works with. Her field of work is extremely difficult and it takes someone very dedicated and passionate towards it. She knows that this job was her calling and I think that's why she she continues to have such a positive role in these children's lives.
Pat : October 25, 2011 12:23 am
For me, it comes through a comment or compliment that someone will make about me or something I've done that let's me know I have made a difference. Or if I hear someone express a thought that is something I've been trying to communicate, that lets me know that seeds I planted are actually bearing fruit, whether they acknowledge me or not.
Josie : June 21, 2011 06:57 pm
I think you know that you're making a difference when you see change in action. People can say about you helped them, but you don't really 100% know that you made a difference in their lives until you see that their actions have changed.
Kevin : March 28, 2011 09:18 pm
I really feel that a woman who is not only a public school teacher but who also shows such great concern about whether she is making a difference or not should worry, she is.
Judy Goldberger : December 22, 2010 10:58 pm
I'm a labor & delivery nurse in an urban safety net hospital. Families sometimes come to their birth with tough tough stories, and the stories come out in that most life-changing moment. On top of that, what happens during the birth itself can be wrenching. The medicalization of the most routine births can be really wrenching. Yes, sometimes I can see that the work I do at the bedside makes a difference medically. There's committee work, and there's being an example for residents, medical students, new nurses - what does our work look like when we act out of a conviction that birth is sacred? And sometimes, the most important work I do is simply being present and listening. The women who say "Gracias por preocuparse por mi" (Thank you for worrying about me) remind me that that treating another with respect can be the most important work I do.
Erin Williams : November 18, 2010 01:37 am
I think it's cool that Aura continues doing her work despite knowing whether or not she's making a difference (although I'm sure she is), because she's committed to that moment where she's helped someone get through one particular difficult situation. That kind of sustained and focused courage and compassion is pretty rare.
Dorothee Royal : November 04, 2010 08:04 pm
Thanks for sharing Aura!
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