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How Do We Create a Culture of Excellence That Understands Excelling Is Not Competing?

Liz Dwyer

Every school has a superstar teacher, but telling the rest of the staff to just be like that superstar doesn't build a culture of excellence. Educator Peter Gow says schools must be places where "teachers are liberated to learn from one another, and in which everyone is encouraged to do so and feels equally valued." He adds that we must internalize that "being good at something is not a zero-sum game." Just as that's "a pretty good mantra for teachers," the same lesson applies to students, too.

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  • DeAngelis Marshall

    this is good really emphasizes teamwork, i believe it doesn't use the word once but that's what i get out of this article

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I think finding the unique qualities in individuals, and elevating/supporting those qualities is a way to create excellence. But I also think collaboration creates excellence within a school too.