Systemic conditions vs. individual contribution
As reported in the January 2015 Edition of the Rennie Report, it will take collective and systemic action to improve outcomes for ALL students. According to Teachers21 President John D'Auria, "We cannot produce the impact we want for all our students, one educator at a time. Our most effective schools are not collections of individual stars but systems designed to influence and shape adult and student learning. Moving from the qualities of the individual to the systemic conditions that lead us to change, grow, and constantly adapt needs to be the focus of our future work."
A rising tide lifts all boats and it is encumbent upon school and district leaders to create the climate and culture that truly supports each individual's growth.