Teaching that is culturally (and statistically) responsive, rigorous and relevant is teaching that empowers. -- Joshua Parker


The best teachers I know reflect on what they do well, then share those skills with the other teachers in their grade, school, district, and beyond. -- Justin Minkel


A willingness to look inward and make an honest assessment of why things were not working has made all of the difference in my career. -- Joseph Fatheree


Teachers need to step beyond their classroom and examine policy from a district or state perspective, while policy makers need to become good at doing what they espouse most highly: effective teaching. -- Jeanne DelColle


Experience, training, practice, and encouragement in using creative thinking skills can improve a student's ability to think with fluency, flexibility, and to pose novel and inventive solutions to questions and problems. -- Curtis Chandler


To achieve real results, we'll definitely have to use all the other pieces of advice offered in Cage-Busting Leadership. Working the problem can help leaders understand where the bars of those cages exist. -- Kerri Briggs


And without districts and preparation programs collaborating to work beyond systematic constraints, it is unlikely the challenges posed by the school board president, and so many others, will ever be effectively overcome. -- Kerri Briggs


The lessons and advice of Cage-Busting Leadership resonate with me as I try to find a balance between identifying crucial allies and making tough decisions that don't always garner a lot of support. -- Kerri Briggs


Today I want to talk about how cage-busting has propelled KIPP to grow and improve over the past 20 years. -- Mike Feinberg.


At KIPP, we firmly believe that what you measure matters. It's not enough to break out of the cage; you also have to show that what you're doing outside the cage is working. -- Mike Feinberg


The opinions expressed in Rick Hess Straight Up are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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