September 6, 2019
As I chat with my kids about their first week of school, I can feel their nervous excitement about new classmates and teachers, books yet unread, projects to come, and hidden talents yet to be discovered. School systems and homes all across America share in this time of preparation and anticipation for the new school year. Often less heralded, however, is the work schools and education systems do to look back at prior work and figure out how this year can be even better. For example, at my children’s school, a committee of parents and teachers are starting the year with a backwards look at the newly-released state assessment scores. We are asking ourselves what the data mean for the effectiveness of last year’s strategies and staffing. We’ll use those insights to help decide what to keep or change this year and beyond. It is just one part of a larger process of continuous improvement the school uses to learn from and improve its supports and strategies.
In many schools, fall is also the time for new […]