Rocketship Texas Superintendent SaJade Miller writes, “Frustration and fear. Those are the dominant forces shaping our experience with public education since COVID-19 took hold two years ago.
Finding common ground to forge a path forward feels all but impossible lately. But the challenges we are confronting today are symptoms of a much deeper problem. Great schools are relationship-centered. But in too many schools, those relationships have been allowed to atrophy.
Fundamentally, relationships are about trust. And judging by the steep decline in enrollment in public schools across the nation, including here in Fort Worth, parents are losing trust in their local schools.
To restore it, we need to re-balance power among parents, teachers and students. We need to rebuild relationships by centering our work on our shared purpose — to give every child every opportunity they deserve to make the most of life.
We can do so by embracing a proven strategy in public education: the “community school” model.”