If we are ever to bridge the opportunity gap and eradicate educational disproportionality, we need to make big changes. Readers workshops, project-based learning, and technology integration. Culturally responsive teaching, social-emotional learning, and restorative justice. Those are big ole changes!
These shifts require us to build capacity through some form professional development. No one wants another meeting, but we need to learn to work smarter, not harder. Especially if we want different outcomes.
Our meeting spaces need to be high powered, collaborative, and flexible. But you only have so many minutes in the contractual workday.
So what do you do?
Leaders do a lot of talking.
You may have the gospel pouring out of your mouth, but that doesn’t mean that you will automatically have disciples. But, great schools need great leaders in order to create focus, coherence, and align supports, especially for underserved students. A Malawian proverb reads, “If you are leading and no one is following, you are just taking a walk.” Many leaders are just talking, but want to be leading.
So what can you do about it?
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Students deserve to take courses that are interesting, relevant, and engaging. Sure, we can make all content more relevant and responsive, but you can also simply offer alternative classes. Better yet, you can make the alternative, mandatory. Ask yourself, what can happen when you make the interests of marginalized students central and essential?
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The world has evolved since the 1950s and so should our bell schedules.
We are no longer preparing students to be factory workers and simply pass the US Citizenship test. It’s inequitable and often times racist to only “offer” interesting and rigorous courses to some students. It’s time to say goodbye to the boring, robotic 6-period daily schedule.
Buh bye bland bell schedules.
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