I have been thinking a lot lately about the kids in my elementary school who are likely to struggle as they move through the system. What is it that will make the difference for them?
Rick Dufour did some amazing work at Adai Stevenson High school. He has written extensively about the role a Professional Learning Community has when it comes to interventions for kids. Systems are important, but I would argue the most important interventions come from the heart. DeFour argues that as schools we need to do whatever it takes to restore hope for our students. My favorite quote is:
“The most powerful fuel for sustaining the initiative to improve a school is not the desire to raise test scores but rather the moral imperative that comes with the desire to fulfill the hopes of those we serve ant those with whom we work with.”
Our most vulnerable children can often be the most challenging students we work with. We know that we will be investing time in these students. How do we want to invest our time? Writing referrals, doing investigations, blaming parents? Not me, I would rather spend my time doing whatever it takes.
As always thoughts and comments appreciated.