By Harriet Sanford
President & CEO
The NEA Foundation
“It’s a question that’s daunted educators for decades: Why haven’t well-intentioned efforts to improve teaching and learning in our schools had the kind of impact we want and need? It’s often called a failure of bringing reform to scale, but in reality many of the proposed changes to date haven’t been big enough, focusing instead on narrow slices of instruction or school culture that, as principals and superintendents rotate through many of our most troubled schools and communities, often get discarded in midstream and replaced with yet other initiatives.
The good news is that this is changing. The question is whether our schools are prepared for these changes.”