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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Bettering Schools and Learning: Ideas

There are countless ways to better schools and learning. Some of those ideas are easy for a teacher to forward and others require a lot more diplomacy, outreach, risk, and time.

Ideas that are worthy, but require substantial advocacy include the following:

  • Inclusive, Inviting Orientations: Re-looking at the way we begin the year with students and families has potential to uplift relationships and capacity with regard to what we can do to teach children well.
  • Transparent, Inclusive Communication: Finding ways to make communication regular, inclusive, targeted and streamlined will help teaching/learning communities develop with strength.
  • Time-on-Task with Students: Re-looking at systems and the amount of real time people spend working with and for students has potential to gain greater time for service to students.
  • Mitigating Distance Between Students and Decision Made for Students: How far is the distance between what students need and what students receive with regard to distance of hierarchical levels, dollars, and materials. 
  • Regular, Inclusive, Targeted Share of New Learning and Ideas: Fluid idea and research share systems can uplift entire communities.
  • Targeted Budgets and Time: The way money and time is used in a system defines a system's priorities. Regular reflection and revision related to this has potential to elevate a system's efforts with regard to students and families.
  • System Roles and Structure: Re-looking at systematic roles and structure can be another way to modernize and uplift systematic efforts to teach students well. 
Ideas that can be forwarded without a lot of time--ideas that teachers can put into place right away:
  • Cultural Proficiency: Looking for ways to build greater cultural proficiency, SEL, growth mindset into daily teaching efforts.
  • Reflection: Building in good time for regular reflection to direct student/teacher learning and study.
  • Relationship Building: Finding ways to build strong, authentic, meaningful and productive relationships amongst educators, families, and students.
  • Holistic Learning: Analyzing and elevating the program to teach the whole child. 
  • Modern Classrooms and Learning Resources/Tools: Educators can seek grants and other funding sources to uplift the learning environment in order to make it more welcoming, modern, and accessible with regard to good teaching and learning.
  • Collaboration: Educators can look for ways to work with one another to build strong, vital teaching/learning programs. Educators can also join committees and teams in and out of school that will help them to reach their teaching/learning goals. 
  • Reading and Research: Educators can build in time regularly to read and research in order to empower their teaching/learning programs.