Why balanced assessment? Because when teachers can show students and parents a clear ladder to meeting core standards, students climb and the ones who have often slipped to the bottom climb the most.
Why professional learning communities? Because when teachers have the confidence and skill to nurture each child, all children flourish.
Why content knowledge to build reading skills? Because it closes cultural gaps and open doors to learning, citizenship, and success.
Why pour so much of ourselves into public education? Because our common schools embody our delight in one another's company and our knowledge that the brightest future will be one our children build together.