The basic tenets for all students to have successful school careers

• Each student must be understood, accepted and valued as a unique learner
• Teachers must build on student strengths, and provide remediation and direct instruction for developing skills
• Teachers and students must work together to develop a positive classroom community
• Mutual respect, tolerance and acceptance are absolutes
• Each student must be taught to mastery, and must be supported in becoming an independent learner
• Differentiation must occur at all levels
• Educators must consistently communicate with families and their students
• Parents must advocate for their students’ needs, and fight until those needs are met
• Administrators must believe in – and uphold – a safe, nurturing, tolerant school environment
• Students must be taught to find their voices, and fight for their rights as learners

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