Those who create, commit.
We are committed to collaborating with educators, funders, families and community members to create meaningful impact in schools. In our experience, long-term sustainability emerges naturally when we create a committed “community of practice” invested in the project goals, visions and outcome. From the initiation of the whole school project, we work closely with our school partners to develop clarity about the school’s “readiness for change.” Together we look at the school’s current situation and needs—and thoroughly assess the time and resources available at a school, the attitudes and motivation of staff and leadership, and the alignment of this approach with the school’s goals.
Our approach to sustainability includes developing staff motivation and engagement from the inside out. From the project inception, we co-design the project with a team of teachers and administrators to meet the specific needs of the school community. We invite the feedback and creativity of staff. We build on the wisdom, skills, and capacities already existing in the community. And through a carefully scaffolded process, we support schools to develop cohorts of teacher leaders who provide “inside out” leadership for the initiatives. Over time, these Teacher Leaders assume ongoing professional learning responsibilities and work with school leadership to support and coach their colleagues and integrate the practices and principles that are relevant and important to the school. This enables PWI to shift into a support role in which we coach the teacher leaders for a time, before completing our working relationship with a school. When this process completes, the school has integrated the Engaged Teaching approach into their own community, transformed their community of practice, and developed the internal capacity to sustain their initiatives into the future.