This week I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the A+ Houston’s Speakers Series on the Future of Education sponsored by the Chevron Foundation. It was a great opportunity to be able to talk with business leaders, community leaders, higher education representatives, and K12 educators and leaders – including superintendents and principals. In preparing for the talk, it gave me cause to think about what it took for the schools in my book to make the shift to the six practices. One thing I did not get to discuss in the book was the role of creating a shared vision for what we want our students to know and do in order for there to be true transformation. A shared vision brings commitment and direction and permeates throughout the school – the work, decisions, and behavior of everyone. I was thrilled how well received then show this by contrast what we say we want our students to know and do (aka, deeper learning outcomes) but what we do daily to not develop those skills and could use examples from the school to show others how these schools walked the talk of their vision.
San Francisco, California