After all the wonderful conversations this past weekend about what education and learning could be, today it was back to reality.
But on the drive home from Philadelphia, I was thinking about what I saw and heard at SLA and about which of those pieces could be used to improve other schools.
For one thing, the school breathes life into Gary Stager’s first step to real educational reform: make it less about us and more about them.
I’ve never seen a school, where there is such a sense of community and collaboration. Students and staff at SLA really seem to be equal partners in the learning.
Another thing great schools need is a strong leader as principal – so I’m thinking maybe we could clone Chris. :-)
Ok, so that’s not very practical. Instead we need to work to help our administrators understand that more trust in our kids and giving them more control over their own education can actually improve their learning. Test scores, too.
However, more than anything else we need to continue and expand the discussions that began this weekend.
Improving education from the outside has never worked, not in my lifetime. The only way anything is going to change is by working from the inside.
We need to continue to expand the community of educators that was in Philadelphia this past weekend.