I read an essay that argued for decentralization of school transformation. Then I read another essay that said the first opinion piece had it all wrong: school reform had to be centralized.
What is needed to reinvent education in America?
A massive number of mature, visionary, enlightened, and tough-love leaders at all levels who can face-down and then engage with politicians, school boards, parent groups, bureaucracies, powerful unions, ingrained cultures, along with city, state, and national institutions without losing their vision, values, compassion, and a warrior’s dose of ruthlessness.
Anything less than that will fail to transform anything: efforts will simply recreate the school systems “leaders” say they want to change.
Get the leaders you need and the appropriate ways to organize will emerge.
Good luck with that: abandonment of the old models would be easier.