Every child needs to feel appreciated, valued, and safe. schools are ideally situated to form deep relationships with students and their families. however, the need to become a trauma‐informed school is an increasing necessity for large and small schools alike.
Academic skills are never enough. schools exist to prepare children to be contributors to their community, to be prepared for collegiate learning, and to find success in a career of their choosing.
The research is clear. more than any other factor inside the control of the school, the quality of instruction will determine how much students learn and their long‐term commitment to learning.
The tools available to students can significantly amplify the power of teaching and the depth of learning by engaging students. engaged students persist longer and try harder. resource options in the hands of students, provides opportunities for choice and risk.
Failure is an option, as is success. risk is the courage to try and be willing to learn from either outcome. Students, teachers, and district leaders need the freedom to take risks with novel ideas in the pursuit of deeper learning.
Modern tools enable and modern work environments demand learner focused schools that encourage risk, promote collaboration, support open access to information, and incorporate real-world application across disciplines.