Harness the power of teacher collaboration and engagement to see real results for students! Welcome to Transform Academy, where committed teachers become teacher leaders, empowered to revitalize learning cultures while keeping the future in mind. This boundary-breaking professional-learning process—centered on teacher voice and grounded in foundations of collaboration and data-informed planning—challenges schools to move beyond accountability standards and toward innovative learning that ignites student engagement. As you follow the story of Transform Academy, you’ll find accompanying action steps to help you implement the process, along with strategies to inspire personalized instruction and redesign learning environments. Other supports include: • Detailed and inspiring vignettes • Relevant research connections • Questions for discussion • Activities and prompts for individuals and teams • Links to professional-learning standards Follow Transform Academy’s journey of discovery, and see the results for yourself. Minding the Future outlines a very clear framework for how a school might reimagine professional learning in support of results for students. What’s especially helpful are the tools and resources that will help educators through every step of the process. Thank you for bringing this great resource to the field! Frederick Brown, Deputy Executive Director, Learning Forward If you’ve been searching for proven strategies on creating a vision, planning, and establishing a learning culture ready for transformation, this is it. Written with knowledge only gained from experience, Minding the Future presents readers with clear plans, brought to life with anecdotes and stories, to lead their own professional learning transformations. This book is for educators wishing to embrace the future head-on and hand in hand! Linda Macias, Associate Superintendent, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Houston, TX

Parting Thoughts

Parting Thoughts

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.


Open Doors and Minds

To begin our final chapter, imagine these scenarios at your school . . .

A curious child peers into a Transform Academy teacher’s classroom. As he carefully looks around, it is apparent he is contrasting his own class with this one. He sees colorful carpets, tables you can write on, beanbag chairs, and digital devices. The students are sitting in groups or standing around an electronic whiteboard. They look very busy, and surprisingly, they keep talking as they work. Sometimes one student reaches over and clicks on another student’s tablet. “Wow!” he thinks. Finally, he finds ...

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