What if you had the chance to start a brand new school? What if you could implement all of those innovative ideas and practices, those things you know you should be doing with and for kids to prepare them not only for the assessment du jour, but more importantly for their lives? What if in addition to academics, you could focus on those critical social emotional competencies that will ensure your students are able to meet the demands of the uncertain future that lies ahead? What if you were bound to the Common Core, but you were able to decide how you would get the kids to where they needed to be? What if every child in every classroom had access to a variety of technologies and rich digital content, not only in school, but also at home? What if you could hire your own staff from scratch, ensuring they shared your vision and passion for innovation?
Would you do it?
I said, "I'm all in!" I would like to introduce you to the Founding School Leader of the Carolina Voyager Charter School in Charleston, South Carolina - ME! CVCS will be an amazing place for our children. (You can Google us or see an earlier blog post for the link.) Building this school from the ground presents incredible possibilities, as well as daunting challenges. In the coming months, I will be sharing my experiences through this blog as we operationalize our vision for CVCS. You may want to follow this process in case you are ever in the enviable position that I find myself in this year. After 34 years in public education, I am completely re-energized at the opportunity to finally not only think outside the box, but implement outside the box as well. Stay tuned for the next posting - Are Charter Schools Good or Bad for Public Education?