The schools that empower students have moved from a focus on what kids know to places that celebrate what kids can do. Though this powerful shift hasn't scaled to many of the communities that surround us, there continues to be a strong set of data surrounding student engagement, student performance, and student success after high school that points to a need to open many more conversations around developing new ways for this shift to happen. Empowering students through proven models like project-based learning, experiential learning, place-based learning, and apprenticed based learning while also removing barriers to meaningful partnerships and resources, can be a way forward in empowering the educational core of the economy and build a new generation of jobs for urban, rural, and suburban students across the country.
This shift requires growing the capacity of educators to take positive risks for kids. It requires giving real meaningful permission to leaders and superintendents that are ready to build deeper capacity in their communities. It is about telling great educational partners that we invite their expertise, and we are ready for deep partnership to support all kids. It also requires that advocates for education move from knowing the right thing to do to doing the right thing and knowing it. Let's all work for a new year with new hope that more students can showcase their learning based on what they can do because of what they know.