Rotting Ship at Sea
Rotting Ship at Sea

Key Principle: Systematic improvement requires a balance of urgency and intentionality: urgency to pursue and resolve compelling problems but patience and discipline to investigate “one plank at a time.”

Drawing by high school student artist, Josh Autrey, 2005.

Rich Drop of Food Coloring
Rich Drop of Food Coloring

Key Principle: Steady, concentrated, effort over time produces a rich, permeating, and lasting effect.

Painting by high school student artist, Chelsea Madden, 2013.

Japanese Toothpick
Japanese Toothpick

Key Principle: “Seeing that something can be completely different is one of the most effective ways of opening eyes to the ubiquity of cultural practices and creating the circumstances for change” (Gallimore & Stigler, 2003, p.27).

Painting by high school student artist, Chelsea Madden, 2015.

Virtual Treasure Chest
Virtual Treasure Chest

Key Principle: Hard-won assets of local knowledge should be diligently pursued, continually refined, and globally shared.

Drawing by high school student artist, Emily Tam, 2015.

Winter Horseshoes
Winter Horseshoes

Key Principle: Investments in bold ideas should be matched by an equal investment in support and attention to detail.

Painting by high school student artist, Chelsea Madden, 2015.

Joint Productive Activity (JPA)
Joint Productive Activity (JPA)

Key Principle: Power is multiplied to the fullest extent when we work together productively.

Painting by high school student artist, Chelsea Madden, 2015.

5000 Reasons to Quit
5000 Reasons to Quit

Key Principle: The pursuit of teaching better is an arduous race demanding courage and commitment to “remain stubborn for a long time.”

Painting by high school student artist, Chelsea Madden, 2015.