From Cowboys to Pit Crews
I’ve spent 10 years focused on the lessons that high-performing and rapidly improving high-poverty schools have to teach us, and what I’ve found is that they have all achieved a level of coherence that eludes many schools. All the systems and processes work together in service of helping all kids learn.
I find myself increasingly interested in how schools make the transition from the way they are traditionally organized — around the isolated individual practice of teachers — into coherent organizations where teachers work together to pool their expertise in the service of their students.
In this week’s Huffington Post column, I give an example of a school that is working to make that transition — and I’m crossing my fingers that it will be successful.