Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Dream School

Dream School:

  • "All hands on desk" most of the time, with educators working directly with children.
  • Collaboration:  educators w/time to meet, collaborate, learn and plot the course for optimal learning.
  • Communication: a steady stream of communication so people know what's happening.
  • Lead Time: time to plan, think, prepare -- w/flexibility for necessary last minute changes.
  • Optimal Differentiated Professional Development -- targeted pd for staff to help schools/teachers meet their goals with children.
  • Tools:  Optimal, up-to-date tools to promote success for all students.
  • Voice:  A chance for all educators in the building to be part of the decision making process.
  • Honesty:  Clear, honest communication always with the lens of what's best for children.
  • Scheduling:  Clear, targeted scheduling to best meet the needs of all children.
  • Protocols and Ethics:  Ethical decision making related to hiring, evaluations, vision.
  • Role Definition:  It's important for educators in all areas of school life to understand their roles as well as the roles of their colleagues. That builds respect and camaraderie.
Educators generally want what's best for children.  They look forward to working hard to promote success for every learner.  A thoughtful, collaborative environment where mission trumps ambition is my dream school.