The ticker tapes and twitter feeds of late are never ending streams of new information, alternative facts, renewed strategies, and reform promises. In education, school websites and their social media channels aim to communicate that they’re doing more and better than ever before. However, nothing speaks so strongly to a school’s success as those intense moments of culture shock that a guest in the community experiences. When the vision is so clearly articulated across grades, the mission so clearly evident in all of the learning spaces, and the educators working in perfect, albeit sometimes delightfully messy, collaboration; it’s a perfect moment of culture shock!
Recently I have been spending time in a school where every visit is like I am stepping into another world. Where hope for a better world and incredibly high expectations come together to empower students to solve the world’s problems … really! This school has such a well-articulated understanding of who their students are, what their students can do for the world, and the skills they’ll need to solve unknown problems that it would almost be an understatement to say that they just have ‘high expectations’ for their students. Their expectations of them are that they will be changemakers in the world and students here know what that feels like from their first year of schooling. They have talents to share that are invaluable and starting in junior kindergarten they have experience using these talents to solve real-world problems; thus proving that they can make change happen.
Knowing of the positive impacts on student learning when there is a shared common language for learning, a clearly articulated vision, high expectations for all, and strong parent-teacher-student relationships, it is no wonder that this school is by all measures a success in educating these young changemakers. So it makes me wonder how they can amplify their success- and not just on their twitter feed!
When there is time and space made in schools for teachers to evaluate their impact on student learning, the effect is powerful and nearly quadruples the average of what a student would learn in a year. So, at an already great school, asking, “What is my impact?” is the only remaining question for these educators. MastersED can help schools like this develop an evaluation logic model so that they can apply reliable and context-specific tools to measure and evaluate impact, identify pockets of success, and scale up this success to have the greatest impact on young changemakers! For this and any school, knowing your impact is truly something to share online!
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