The single unit of change in what matters for student learning is an effective teacher. What makes an effective teacher? Teacher and Administrator WILL. How do you design your classroom to ensure attention to “will power?” What are the teaching practices that align with “will power?” It’s intentional. Explore a framework that has been proven to increase student achievement: Social Will (belief), Cultural Will (understanding the population), Organizational Will (infrastructure), and Political Will (courage to act). Ron Edmonds (1979) said it clearly, “We can, whenever and wherever we choose, successfully teach all children whose schooling is of interest to us. We already know more than we need to do that. Whether or not we do it must finally depend on how we feel about the fact that we haven’t so far.” The question remaining is, how do we feel about the fact that there are many students in our charge who are not being successful in their schooling? What is our collective and individual responsibility to change their trajectory? The four wills framework is a distillation of complex educational concepts that can be incorporated into classroom and leadership practices. These four wills are a part of an intricately woven tapestry between administrators, teachers, students, parents, and the community. Explore practical ideas to transform classrooms into learning spaces that address every child and districts into systems for every child, using "will power" that sets systemic and systematic change.
Doris McEwen, McEwen Education Consulting and Curriculum Auditing, United States
Stream: Education: social justice and social change
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