One or two bad teachers is a problem with the teachers. A school with many bad teachers is a problem of leadership.
Schools often get the teachers they deserve!
On school culture: It's hard to eat something you've had a relationship with.
Schools that cannot tolerate interesting & enthusiastic eccentrics who work better alone than together are devoid of flexibility & spirit
A successful school has to engage all the people, all the powers, and all the capacities within it.
Students are often the last to know about change that is occurring in their own school system.
When creativity is the goal, schools must have their own platforms to network and innovate.
Without optimism & self-belief among teachers, classrooms become wastelands of boredom & routine and schools deserts of lost opportunity.
It is not the time to put school districts up for auction. Now is the time to galvanize them into action.
Schools cannot shut their gates and leave the outside world on the doorstep.
Alberta funds almost all its schools and districts to design and evaluate their own innovations. Teachers are the drivers of change, not the driven.
In high performing countries, principals are working with highly qualified teachers who come from the top tiers of the graduation range, who have been rigorously prepared in universities and through supervised practice in schools, and who remain in education for all of their careers.
In Finland, within very broad government guidelines, teachers create their own curricula together across schools in every community and district. They don't confine collaboration to their own individual schools and to just implementing other people's ideas.
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