The Most Important Education Reform in History

Posted on October 25, 2012

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Try as they may, education leaders in this country will never realize their vision of student achievement until 100% teacher effectiveness becomes their unconditional, first priority.

My company, School Improvement Network, is the only business of its kind in the world. Since 1991, hardly a day has passed that we haven’t been inside a classroom filming teachers, uncovering the practices and the policies that create the most successful students.

In all that time, I’ve been present to watch dozens of education reform efforts come down the pike—programs designed to solve everything from book shortages to math proficiency. Yet after so many years and so many initiatives, schools in this country are still gasping for air, overwhelmed by problems we set out to fix decades ago.

How is this possible? Why, after all of our efforts, are we still struggling just to elevate students to proficiency? If years of studying the very best schools in the country have taught me one thing, it is that every education initiative we implement will ultimately fail until we address teacher effectiveness. If education has a silver bullet, a holy grail, then this is it. Teacher effectiveness is the only solution with the potential to solve every challenge in education: poverty, achievement gaps, core proficiency, school choice, you name it.

This is why my company is committed to 100% teacher effectiveness. It is our cause and our vision for American education. Every tool and every service we provide has been designed to help schools achieve 100% teacher effectiveness. Regardless the reform flavor of the moment, our decades of experience in education have shown us unequivocally that if every teacher is effective, then every student will become successful, and rest will fall into place.

Try as they may, education leaders in this country will never realize their vision of student achievement until 100% teacher effectiveness becomes their unconditional, first priority. At School Improvement Network, we consider it our calling to make sure this happens in our schools, districts, states, and country.

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