The importance of vertical integration and the retention of high standards for the content framework is the nuance that needs to be fostered by instructional leaders. This nuance can be maintained and improved upon by systemic evaluation of student success and data driven decision-making by classroom teachers, site leaders and district level personnel. Ultimately the rigor an educational system maintains is the result of how well leaders meet the challenge of balancing hiring and training quality educators, monitoring curriculum fidelity, and assuring instructional resources.
Equal opportunities for all learners and a respect for all ideas should be paramount in every learning environment. This manifests itself in educational settings that are tolerant of others (both as members of a culture and as individuals), provides equal access to educational opportunities and includes all learners in raising the bar of academic excellence.
Communities have an obligation to give all students a rigorous academic program supported with opportunities to develop the skills necessary to be successful in life. One of the reoccurring realities of schools is that all learners do not get the same start, some are later to realize the importance of learning or need instructional adaptations to achieve what the community has defined as an education. Whether we call it differentiated instruction, special education, support services, or individualized intervention it is essential that we support these efforts to move all learners to a level we believe will contribute to their leading a productive life.