Friday, November 2, 2012

What are Bright Spots? (and why do we care?)

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Bright Spots are "successful efforts worth emulating."  (Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard, Dan and Chip Heath, page 28). 

Bright spots in schools are students who are overcoming racial and socioeconomic barriers. They’re teachers who are making significant academic gains in their classrooms. They’re principals who are closing the race-based achievement gap in their schools.

An approach that many great leaders take includes:
·      Find what’s working (bright spots)
·      Replicate it
·      Scale it up
·      Make it sustainable

Finding the bright spots in Berkeley schools is going to be a regular feature on this blog.  This is our opportunity to focus on the successes, figure out why they’re working and collectively bring more positive change to our city’s schools.  

If you have a bright spot you’d like to share, please leave a comment, so we can follow up and feature it on the blog!

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