If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results. 

If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results. – Jack Dixon
Let me preface this post with a simple statement, “I believe public education needs to change.” 
First, we need to change our culture. We need to stop allowing outside forces to define us. We have permitted politicians and career bureaucrats to overshadow educators and futurists. We must take back the definition of success in our schools. Culture drives results . . . we need to take back our culture.
Secondly, we must start with the end in mind for each student. We use single assessments to measure success . . . it’s insanity. Each student must be pushed to his or her edge . . . each student must be judged against his or her performance. We have tried for decades to simplify a complex system of measuring success. Let’s face it . . . it’s complex, difficult, and challenging. From poverty to home life, from gifted to special needs . . . there is nothing simple about what we do. Let’s truly create a personalized approach that serves students and empowers teachers.
Finally, when we focus on educating the whole child. When we focus on skill development, student interests, and shared values, all aspects of the educational experience improves. When we stop focusing outside definitions of success, we will achieve greater success in all areas. When we empower educators in a collaborative approach, when we look to the future to determine needs rather than the past, and when we embrace change as a path to improvement we will truly prepare every student to be Ready for Tomorrow.

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