Monday, December 21, 2015

Answers to Questions Leading Up To 2015 School Ranking
As I have done in a previous post about my school's success, below are the questions and my answers from a recent article about my school. In this instance, the article is a ranking of Rhode Island High Schools for 2015 by Leading up to this announcement, I was only told that we were "among the top ranked" schools in their rankings.

1. What makes your school so successful?

Throughout the district we have dedicated faculty and staff, motivated and talented students, and supportive parents and community who all help to create a culture where there is an active commitment to education as a critical pathway to achieve personal and collective excellence.

2. What would you share with others?

That there are factors that influence a school's success that are not easy to quantify, but are just as important, if not more so, than the easily quantifiable metrics that all too often are used to judge schools. For example, how present are the following throughout the school's community in pursuit of learning: collaboration, trust, willingness to explore, openness to new ideas, and calculated risk taking? In my opinion, when these are cultivated and able to be found throughout the school community, you have a truly successful school.

3. What is the biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge is keeping up with the pace of change in the world today. To do so it takes constant reflection and a willingness to change and evolve what it means to be a school, an educator, a student, and a school community.