Posted on: May 03, 2002 at 9:59 AM
The struggle of working for improvement is often riddled with the type of situations you describe. Some schools involved in our math reform project are horror stories and yet there are schools where teachers collaborate and are doing the best with what they have. The work of reform is indeed frustrating and I think part of the equation is understanding the process of change as Michael Fullan describes in the plenary. Change is not linear, oftentimes disconnected, very challenging and extremely slow. Our project chooses to focus on the successes, even when small, to learn from those successes and apply success principles to the more challenging areas. The bottom line is that the teachers, students and communities will benefit from our continued efforts and this is what supplies hope in the midst of reform.
Senior Program Officer
New Visions for Public Schools
New York City