This book prompts readers to make their own meaning by considering a series of questions about what and how school should be.. Abundant examples and case studies from the frontlines of school change provide inspiration and ideas you can adopt or adapt for your context. Discussion prompts are included to promote and provoke conversations–both inside and outside school–with everyone who has a stake in student success (including students themselves). Working together, through collaborative inquiry and hard conversations, you will arrive at your best answers for how schools should adapt for your context and your children. Special Features Throughout the book, special features are included to help guide your inquiry. Worth Asking: Each chapter includes questions intended to prompt individual reflection or spark group discussions about featured case studies and other examples of creative community outreach. Most chapters include at least two “Worth Asking” sidebars. Share your responses with a broader community on Twitter by adding the hashtag #alltogethernow. Crib Sheet: Short, jargon-free summaries of key terms are included to ensure that everyone is talking the same language about current trends in education. Along with brief definitions, you’ll find links for additional resources and hashtags to connect with communities of practice. Try This: Watch for practical ideas that are ready to borrow or adapt. “Try This” suggestions challenge readers to apply specific activities or outreach strategies that other schools have found to be beneficial. Web Resources
PART IThe Why
PART IIThe How
It takes concerted effort to develop a shared vision of what school should be and then take practical steps to make that vision a reality. Grassroots visioning processes invite the perspectives of diverse stakeholders, including teachers, students, parents, school leaders, and potential community partners. Once they are engaged as allies in school change efforts, these stakeholders can help to move action plans forward and sustain the vision for the long term.