A good school is one in which everyone is a teacher and a learner.
Teachers in these schools believe that they can learn from their students. They enjoy sharing with colleagues the insights they gain from them.
Students in such schools learn from one another as well as from their teachers. Within-grade and cross-age tutoring would be common. Students would regularly work in small groups on projects to solve meaningful problems.
Teachers would also learn from one another in both formal and informal settings. Faculty and team meetings would be formed around deep conversations about important issues, the analysis of various forms of evidence about student learning, and the exchange of practical strategies.
Principals would learn from their teachers and students, and students and teachers would learn from their principals. Much of that learning would be informal as principals regularly visited classrooms, attended team meetings, and engaged in dialogue with members of the school community on a variety of subjects.
In addition, every member of the school community would feel supported in fulfilling his or her unique role. Parents, students, teachers, principals, and other staff members would feel engaged, committed, and skillful.
Everyone in the school community would have experienced first hand the benefits of well-designed professional learning and teamwork.
In a good school learning flows in every direction all the time. And strong relationships support and enable that learning.
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