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Redefining Student Success
Building a New Vision to Transform Leading, Teaching, and Learning

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August 2021 | 248 pages | Corwin

Be the leader of a fresh, bold, enduring vision of education for your district or school. 

The future of learning has arrived, and it requires bold educational leadership and a dramatic redefinition of what it means to be a successful student today. 

Redefining Student Success invites you to lead this transformation with audacity. It engages leaders with the concepts and actions needed to reimagine schools, address inequities, and help today’s students develop the skills they need for personal, economic, and civic success. This vital guide supports transformative leadership with 

  • Concrete guidance on how to create a Portrait of a Graduate and Portrait of an Educator which will help ensure teachers have a unified vision for professional growth and student success.
  • Reflection prompts that help you recognize your strengths, spark discussion among stakeholders, and identify next steps for inspired action.
  • Compelling examples of students already engaged in creative, self-directed problem-solving around issues that matter to them and their communities, together with stories that illustrate how districts and schools have arrived at their own vision of what education must become. 
  • Companion guides to 21st century learning for parents and students available online. 

The time is now to reset educational outcomes, sync schools with the demands of 21st century society, and meet the needs of every learner, in every community. 

 

 
Foreword by Tony Wagner
 
Preface
 
Gratitudes
 
About the Authors
 
INTRODUCTION
Preparing for Challenges and Opportunities

 
How We Got Here

 
Redefining Student Success to Address Equity

 
The Time Is Now

 
 
PART I: EMBRACING YOUR VISION
 
CHAPTER 1: BE THE LEADER OF A BOLD VISION
To Construct a Bold Vision, Focus on the Readiness Gap

 
Adopting Your Portrait of a Graduate

 
Embrace a Broad and Bold Conversation

 
Focus on Equity

 
Resources for Your Equity Work

 
Final Reflections

 
Resources for Implementation

 
Action Steps

 
 
CHAPTER 2: BE THE LEADER OF A GREEN LIGHT CULTURE
Culture During Crisis

 
Know When to Reset Your Organization’s Culture

 
Final Reflections

 
Resources for Implementation

 
Action Steps

 
 
PART II: VISITING YOUR VISION
 
CHAPTER 3: BE THE LEADER OF CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVERS
Recognize Opportunities for Creative Problem Solving

 
Sustainability in Action

 
Innovation, Invention, and Entrepreneurship in Action

 
The Creativity, Innovation, Invention, and Entrepreneurship Challenge

 
Creative Problem Solving and Your POG

 
Final Reflections

 
Action Steps

 
 
CHAPTER 4: BE THE LEADER OF ENGAGED CITIZENS
Ending the Civics Slide

 
Get Your Community on Board

 
Commit to Tackling Society’s Biggest Challenges

 
Set a Bold Civics Challenge

 
Final Reflections

 
Resources for Implementation

 
Action Steps

 
 
CHAPTER 5: BE THE LEADER OF SELF-DIRECTED YOUNG PEOPLE
Take It Seriously

 
Take It Deep

 
Take It Wide

 
Students as Change Agents

 
Final Reflections

 
Resources for Implementation

 
Action Steps

 
 
PART III: BUILDING YOUR VISION
 
CHAPTER 6: BE THE LEADER OF BOLD LEARNING
Design Backward From Your POG

 
Set an Instructional Challenge

 
Focus on Assessment

 
Competency-Based Learning

 
Final Reflections

 
Resources for Implementation

 
Action Steps

 
 
CHAPTER 7: BE THE LEADER OF STRONG PARTNERSHIPS
Partner With Families

 
Enlist Business and Community Allies

 
Leverage Networks

 
Final Reflections

 
Resources for Implementation

 
Action Steps

 
 
CHAPTER 8: YOUR NEXT STEPS AS A BOLD LEADER
Focus on Your Students

 
Focus on Your Community

 
Focus on Your Green Light Culture

 
Your Six Next Steps as a Bold Leader

 
Momentum Is Growing

 
Final Reflections

 
 
Appendix A: Discussion Guide
 
Appendix B: Help Students Develop Their Competencies
 
Appendix C: Engage Parents as Partners
 
Appendix D: List of Interviewees
 
References

Fasten your seatbelt! This book brings clarity and insight to education priorities that prepare students for their futures, and pragmatic guidance for how schools can fulfill this promise. Grounded in decades of field expertise, the authors offer a powerful education North Star of immense value to educators, parents, and concerned citizens around the globe.

Ted Dintersmith
Founder, What School Could Be, Author, What School Could Be

With the demands of the workplace never greater, and the need for effective citizenship never more urgent, the world demands a new generation of self-directed creative problem solvers. Redefining Student Success is the guide every leader needs to build an education system worthy of the students they serve.

Daniel H. Pink
Author, When, Drive, and To Sell is Human, Washington, D.C.

We must reconsider what we’re working towards in education and reorient towards a purpose that’s relevant for today’s world, with all its challenges and opportunities. Redefining Student Success is an incredible gift—it’s a roadmap for educators and other stakeholders seeking to develop a shared vision of the capabilities students (and educators) need to develop so they can shape a better future.

Wendy Kopp
CEO & Co-founder, Teach For All, Founder, Teach For America

Let's face it: most people know our schools can be better but they are not sure where to start. Redefining Student Success brings the steps for school transformation to life with sound advice, practical strategies, and rich stories sharing the whys and hows.

Cindy Johanson
Executive Editor, Edutopia, San Rafael, CA

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