Dissatisfied Yet Optimistic: Moving Faster toward New School Models

Dissatisfied Yet Optimistic: Moving Faster toward New School Models in the result of a collaboration between four educators to seeking to define why better models of schools are necessary, a common vision for what new schools could look like, and a shared theory of change, all grounded in years of experience in redesigning schools for personalized learning and hundreds of conversations with students, teachers, parents, school leaders, funders and each other. This work was guided by the question “When it comes to improving schools, what should we be less patient about or perhaps more patient about?” The authors also developed a common set of attributes for better school models based on their collective experience. In addition, the paper includes a detailed theory of change that reflects how the authors believe the development and spread of schools with their common set of attributes could be accelerated. Finally, the paper closes with recommendations for different stakeholders—educators, students and families, funders, policymakers, and researches—and commitments from the authors themselves.