During a recent set of Twitter exchanges with Simon Feasey (@smfeasey) focusing on student and community engagement in our schools, Simon shared the following:

…collective intelligence + collective resilience = outrageous realities #moralpurpose

I am intrigued by the concept of outrageous realities and began to consider what would it look like if my aspirations for schools and communities became reality.  Please allow me to share a few of my outrageous realities.

  • Each student feels safe, connected and engaged in their school.
  • Each student has trusting relationships with other students and adults in their school.
  • Each student comes to school prepared and excited to learn and share.
  • Each student understands the connection to school with their experiences and aspirations.
  • Each student each day finds joy in their school experiences.
  • Each teacher engages with peers frequently in a professional learning community.
  • Each teacher is acknowledged for all of their attributes.
  • Each student’s family is encouraged and welcomed to engage in a variety of school activities.
  • School leaders value and practice shared leadership engaging all education stakeholders.
  • The community perceives schools as public places of development and essential parts of the social climate.
  • The school’s climate is safe, equitable and engaging with high expectations for each student.

These are a few of my outrageous realities I encourage each reader to identify their outrageous realities and implement strategies to make them real.

Terry Pickeral
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Terry Pickeral

Terry Pickeral, has extensive experience in policy development, advocacy, education reform, youth leadership, teaching and learning strategies, education collaborations, evaluation and civic development. His commitment is to ensuring schools create and sustain quality teaching and learning environments for all students to be successful in school and contribute to their communities as active principled citizens.
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