A guide for implementing the changes students, teachers and parents deserve.
We in the process developing step-by-step instructions for people to implement the education revolution in their own local public schools. We are including things like how to organize parents, students, educators, and the community in general to demand better public schools. We will include how to work with parent associations, teachers unions, school boards and other stakeholders in productive and positive ways. There will be resources available, and ways to network and share information with other communities that are working for similar goals, or have achieved them.
This "tool kit" will be absolutely free and should be ready sometime in the spring of 2019. But even when it's done, we'll be updating it regularly based on what we learn from communities who have embarked on the education revolution. In the meantime, if you have any input or suggestions on how you think the tool kit should be developed, we welcome your input. If you have tried to implement similar changes in schools, we want to hear from you for sure - we need to know what has worked well and what hasn't. Also, if you feel inspired to jump in and start the education revolution in your local schools now, we see no reason to wait for the tool kit. Feel free contact us now (link) and we'll share everything we know.
When the tool kit is done, it will have a list of actionable items. We will call this the School Revolution Menu. Each menu item will have a number of points assigned to it that corresponds to its relative impact in transforming schools into institutions that will truly maximize the learning potential of children.
Based on this point system, there will be the potential to become a bronze, silver, gold or platinum certified school. This will give schools and communities the options to choose their level of commitment to transforming their schools, and an easy way to quantify, communicate and celebrate the changes that have been made. (A comparable rating system is the LEED building certification which quantifies environmentally friendly practices in the construction of new buildings and major renovations of old ones. It gives points for the relative environmental impact of such things as energy efficiency, water use, construction materials and indoor environmental quality. In their system, there are a possible 100 points that projects can qualify for. If they get 40-49, the the project is simply "Certified LEED." Silver is 50-59 points, gold 60-79, and platinum 80 or above.)
The development and implementation of the Education Revolution Tool Kit will be where the rubber really hits the road for us here at Demand School Change Now. We are super excited about it!
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