Educational reform begins by addressing "best practitioners" - teachers and students alike.
The point in putting best practitioners in quotes is to indicate the
importance of leading change by focusing more on the educators
themselves than on a certain set of practices. If we focus on educators
and working collectively in determining their success, I think we'll
find that it is not about establishing specific attributes across the
profession but rather allowing each educator to reflect and share what
attributes they feel they have that fosters their own success. By
sharing these opinions and experiences openly, I believe we will begin
to see patterns that I believe have a lot to do with pedagogical content
knowledge, willingness to lead, willingness to take risks, and
willingness to "fail forward". In other words, it's less about some set of inherent attributes an educator has, and more about what the educator is
willing to do.