Despite the rumors, school improvement is hard. It's not about a single passionate leader. It's not about "fixing" teachers and teaching or parents and parenting. It's not about poverty. It's not about money. And it's not about standards. It's about all of them. And more.
In this column, I'll take on the real deal of school improvement—for all schools, not just certain kinds. And for all kids. Because it's not about quick fixes or checking off the instant strategy of the moment. It's about saying, "Yes, and...", not "Yes, but..." no matter what our circumstances are. It's about asking ourselves the best questions.
It's been a few months since I've revisited the central questions of a whole child approach in this column, but if ever a topic begged me to pop the question (engagement pun intended), it is "engaging learning strategies." Let's ask ourselves,
- Are our kids engaged (in their learning, school, and community)?
- How do we know?
- What have we done to make it so?
- What have we taught them to keep it so?