The Five-Year Plan
Phase One: Incorporate social emotional learning into the curriculum permanently. Research says that students who develop social emotional skills early on in their educational careers do better in school over all compared to the students who do not develop these skills till much later.
Phase Two: Make every lesson relevant and practical to ensure each student not just graduation requirements, but giving each student the skills needed for successful employability.
Phase Three: Gather, analyze and use data to drive continuous improvement in the classroom.
Phase Four: Create innovation by giving each student the freedom to fail and then learn from that failure. Fear of failure paralyzes students and schools; it is our biggest innovation killer.
Phase Five: Work on exposing the negative impact that high stakes testing has on our students and promote alternative systems of evaluation. Urge our state representatives to eliminate redundant and unnecessary tests.
Phase Six: Rally change for the current teacher evaluation system that de-professionalizes and demoralizes teachers.
Phase Seven: Last but not least we must increase access to STEM education for our students and our teachers!