THE AAIE NEW SCHOOL PROJECT
LEADING ON PRINCIPLE:
A COLLECTIVE COMMITMENT
Great schools are framed by a few shared principles
In 2020, school leaders worldwide faced the unprecedented challenge of a global pandemic, COVID 19. In response, AAIE initiated and facilitated weekly conversations driven by the urgency and importance of supporting each other as we led and managed our way through the crisis. As the conversation progressed, we realized that, while still needing to support each other with urgent, high-stakes decision-making, we might also begin to explore the opportunity embedded in the crisis. We began to turn our attention to the question,
“What have we learned that may change our schools for good in all senses of the word?
A collaborative, sustained inquiry into that compelling question led us to co-create the statement that follows, “Leading on Principle”. As our title implies, we believe that great schools are framed by a few shared principles, not constrained by multiple rules and regulations, and that principles only translate into practice if we make a common commitment to action. We trust that Principles that follow will serve us well as we navigate towards better schools than we have ever previously envisaged.
- Melissa Schaub - American International School Lagos
We use fearless inquiry to continually interrogate and shed embedded practice that does not amplify and inspire profound learning throughout our school communities.
We commit to identify, confront, and dismantle structures and systems of inequity, to examine our privilege, and take actions to increase justice and ensure belonging.
We reject over dependence on narrow methods of assessment. All learners and schools must have the opportunity to demonstrate progress using rich and diverse data and methods.
We co-create a culture that nurtures the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, spiritual, environmental, and occupational well-being of all community members.