Maya is in her 2nd year teaching social studies at a mid-sized urban school under performance improvement. With structural and curricular flexibility, her teacher team has engaged community in student projects. Hear Maya talk about a current project on food justice:
Alan is in his 4th year as principal of a large suburban school. He has implemented a "Met / Not Met" evaluation of deeper learning qualities in student grades. As with any change, Alan proactively brings stakeholders into the conversation. Hear him talk about inviting families to engage in conversations about student grading:
Lisa is in her 11th year teaching physics at a large urban school. She feels lucky to have her fellow physics teacher as a thought partner. Hear Lisa talk about how they push each other to keep content engaging:
Pat is a business and computer technology teacher at a high performing, mid-sized suburban school. Check out this quote about the assumptions and differences between stakeholder involvement at a higher versus lower performing school:
"People say, 'It must be easy.' But high performing schools have a lot of stakeholder involvement and it's very different from the stakeholder involvement you would have in a lower performing school. Where everybody's focused on, 'How can we prop Ed up?' and 'What can we build on?' Here it's questioning everything: 'What are you doing? Why are you doing this? What are the outcomes of this? Where is this going to get us?' And people are a little more hesitant to take risks."