With a clear vision for what education can and should be, we can redesign education systems and structures to promote positive relationships, collaboration, and student-centered learning. In practice, this means reviewing systems and policies – including behavioral discipline, resource allocation, and decision making – from the classroom to the superintendent’s office to ensure that students thrive in school.
While the specifics will vary from school to school, the goal should be the same: creating the conditions for student success, both in the classroom and after graduation. Critical to student success is supporting the educators and staff members who make it happen. Teachers should have dedicated time to collaborate with one another and community partners, as well as access to professional development to ensure that everyone is contributing to a shared vision for education.