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ERIC Number: EJ990212
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1478-8497
Belief in the Possibility: Where School Reform Begins
Isola, Raymond R.
International Journal on School Disaffection, v1 n1 p45-48 2003
At the core of school reform is an unwavering belief in possibility: the deep conviction that each and every student can reach higher academic levels than typical expectations would have people settle for. This belief in possibility acknowledges the potential of every student to learn, every teacher to teach, and every family member to partner willingly and authentically in a student's learning. If a school community embraces this belief in possibility, there emerges an opportunity to create an environment where students, staff, and families may succeed beyond initial predictions or goals. But how is a climate of possibility created in a school? Who, to use Gloria Ladson-Billings' term, is the "dreamkeeper" for a learning community charged with nurturing potential? As principal of Sanchez Elementary School in San Francisco Unified School District, the author has grappled with these questions. In this article, the author describes the professional development model currently being implemented at Sanchez School that is producing positive student outcomes that strengthen the belief in possibility: where school reform begins. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California