Powerful Public Schools

Powerful public schools are essential to an equitable society, economy and democracy.  Our expertise and collaboration with our schools have identified what is a powerful public school that will provide the resources and access that our students need.

Powerful Public School Attributes:

  • Equity:  Promote access to opportunity and achievement.
  • Respect: Honor the inherent value of each person and treating all people accordingly.
  • Creativity: Use imagination to generate original ideas and solutions.
  • Competency: Develop the ability to meet and respond to the challenges of school and life.
  • Love of Learning: Foster a passionate interest in understanding the world and one’s place in it.

Powerful Public School Structures:

  • The school’s structure supports a professional learning community that includes families, students and industry partners.
  • The school community is autonomous with decision-making power over school budget, curriculum and assessment, governance, schedule and staffing.
  • Distributive leadership and decision-making expands ownership of improved student outcomes and program effectiveness.
  • The school community utilizes its assets and relationships to create a resource-rich learning environment.
  • Teachers enhance leadership skills by reflecting on their practice.
  • Teachers collaborate across grade levels and content areas.

Powerful Public Schools in Action:

  • Students and families are well-known and vital members of school community.
  • Classrooms are inviting spaces, arranged to support collaboration, discourse and creative thinking.
  • Teachers are facilitators of student-directed learning.
  • Real-world, rigorous and relevant curriculum.
  • Authentic assessments and quantitative data are used to continually improve student outcomes.
  • Student learning is outcome-focused, providing multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate competency and readiness for college and career.