After the  reform passed, reminding people about the original problem became the challenge. The strategy was to remind people about Kentucky’s historically low educational level and inject into the public bloodstream a compelling new vision —that of all children learning at high levels.For 2010, I think that strategy still fits well, with three helpful changes in the terrain in which we need to apply it:
- With the new Common Core standards, "learning at high levels" can be defined much more specifically as "becoming college and career ready."
- The confidence that students can learn at those high levels can now be based on more complete statements of how can happen, grounded in the "sunlit vision" of assessment for learning practices that move students toward those standards.
- The confidence that teachers can deliver that high level of learning can now be based on more concrete statements about how working in teams organized as professional learning communities, educators can help all teachers grow increasingly effective in their chosen craft.
Source note: Bob's essay appeared in All Children Can Learn, edited by Roger Pankratz and Joseph Petrosko and published by Jossey-Bass. Paperback and Kindle versions are available here, and most (though not quite all) of Bob's chapter is available on-line here.