Too many school improvement initiatives dive immediately into reforms of learning approaches or processes.
This is skipping steps.
Defining your school’s Identity and a Vision for Student Readiness must come before big school change initiatives. These two anchors:
- Form a framework for smart decisions on structures, policies, and approaches to learning.
- Help close the opportunity gap that has held low-income and ESL students back.
- Head off wasteful spending on incoherent reform efforts that fail and get scrapped.
- Result in much greater success in producing graduates prepared for college, career, and life.
“We are making decisions that impact and change a student’s life forever, and if you don’t have something that you can adhere to as a school, then what are you basing those decisions on?”
– Dr. Courtney Robinson,
Ocean View High School Principal