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Overview

Transformational teachers collectively explore the purpose of education with students, families, and community members. These teachers align their daily efforts to a locally rooted and globally informed vision of student leadership emerging from those conversations.

A teacher is sitting at a wooden desk outside and reviewing a student's notebook. There is a group of students in dresses standing and smiling to the right, waiting in a line.

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Check out this compilation of student, teacher, and family voices from around the world, all asking what is the purpose of education, and who decides and how?  And what student outcomes align with growing students as leaders of a better future?

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Who decides why. Think of that as a statement, not a question. And that idea is the starting point for teachers in classrooms that grow student leadership. These teachers critically question education’s purpose as well as who has been and who should be at the center of determining that purpose. Transformational classrooms demonstrate perspectives, actions, and outcomes that align to a longer-term vision of student success that shares three characteristics:

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The circle part of the TACL framework is in yellow while the rest is in grayscale. The text inside reads, "STUDENTS AS LEADERS OF A BETTER FUTURE FOR THEMSELVES, THEIR COMMUNITIES, AND ALL OF US.” It then reads, "COLLECTIVELY CREATED co-constructed and evolved in genuine partnership among educators, students, families, and communities.” One column reads, "LOCALLY ROOTED grounded in the history, culture, and values of a particular community" and the other says, "GLOBALLY INFORMED reflecting global aspiration

“Our classrooms and the model of teaching have to change in a manner that children don’t just come to school to acquire knowledge, but rather come to school to try out the knowledge. Our schools must become hubs of solving community problems rather than just teaching about our problems.”

— Charles Obore, Teach For Uganda alumnus

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Portrait shot of Charles Obore, a man wearing a suit and a beret with a feather in it and speaking into a microphone

“Our classrooms and the model of teaching have to change in a manner that children don’t just come to school to acquire knowledge, but rather come to school to try out the knowledge. Our schools must become hubs of solving community problems rather than just teaching about our problems.”

— Charles Obore, Teach For Uganda alumnus

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Portrait shot of Charles Obore, a man wearing a suit and a beret with a feather in it and speaking into a microphone

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See how transformational practitioners and programs around the world are co-creating purpose and explore other recommended resources:

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TACL
A Collective, Contextualized Vision (Teach For Nepal)
Video Learning About Learning Purpose Strategy
TACL
Why: Collective, Contextualized Vision
Video Purpose Strategy Listen & Envision
TACL
Voices that inform Purpose & Outcomes: Teaching As Collective Leadership
Video Purpose
TACL
Qué Liderazgo Necesitamos En Este Momento
Teaching / Lesson Plan Purpose

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