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Leading with Roots and Wings
Leading with roots and wings

To accomplish great things We must not only act, But also dream, Not only plan, But also believe.

—Anatole France

We can agree that classroom teachers carry the greatest responsibility for improving student learning and are the most important determinants in school-based student success. Extensive research supports this logical conclusion and so does common sense.

Teachers are accountable for organizing engaging standards-based learning activities, communicating rigorous curricular goals, assessing for accurate performance results, and differentiating instruction in response to those results.

However, an essential consideration in any substantive educational reform is the realization that we need effective schools, not just isolated effective classrooms, to ensure that the highest quality of teaching and learning is delivered to all students. There is ...

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