To run a high-performing school where many of the students live in poverty requires, among other things, believing that all kids can learn.

But talking with many leaders of high-performing, high-poverty schools has convinced me their beliefs are even stronger.

Jeffrey Litt, who was the founding principal and is now superintendent of the Icahn Charter Schools in the Bronx, put it this way in a webinar earlier this year:

“Many people say all children can learn. Well, that’s true. But a parakeet can learn, too. We look for people who believe that children can excel.”

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