The heavy lift is in the hands of the districts and that, ironically is the good news. Each district, with its own community, its own culture, its own strengths and challenges, still has some local control. How RTTT is implemented locally depends upon local leadership.
As much as we must attend to the standards and assessments, it is important to attend to the human beings. We need a balance, and as the next school year approaches, it is a good time to think freshly about igniting the minds and hearts of teachers again so they can do the same for their students.
Perhaps, it is not the decision that is the problem per se; perhaps, it is the strategy for implementation. If leaders reach out to those who are impacted, they can explain rationales, allow preparation time and help people through the necessary transitions.
How do we develop the capacity to envision, inspire, create, become trusted and have integrity in our work? These are personal qualities that we alone can develop within ourselves.
The results of this initiative are far-reaching and measurable. Discipline problems ceased in 6th grade and declined in the other two grades.
When we take a mandate and push it into our existing structure, we follow, but do not create a structural shift as we accept new practices. We need a new structure within which these changes can flourish.
Schools with compassionate leaders increase their students' potential for academic success. Compassionate learning environments lower a student's cortisol levels (decreasing stress levels), which increases his or her ability to learn.
What if we rethought how we expend that energy and reduced or eliminated the need for summer school and repurposed that expense to include enrichment for all students? Most agree students who attend summer school are able students who failed to meet expectations during the school year
On this #tbt, let's focus on this mission: discovering and providing the best possible ways to support students, to prepare them, and to offer them new experiences that narrow the gap
Too many leaders view change as an act of replacing one thing for another or an act to incorporate something new in an existing system. It takes courage to look in the mirror and ask if we can see and understand what needs to change and if we know how to lead others through the process.