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National Coalition of Essential Schools

We believe that the CES Common Principles - emphasizing equity, personalization, and intellectual vibrancy - serve as a guide to creating schools that will nurture students to reach their fullest potential.  We believe that to change the public school system, we need to create and sustain large numbers of individual schools that fully enact CES principles - schools that can serve as models to other schools and demonstrations to the public that it is possible to re-imagine education.


In addition to the individual schools, we also need to create the conditions under which whole systems of schools will become equitable, personalized, and intellectually vibrant.   To affect these whole systems, we seek to support regional centers to develop the capacity to aid schools and to influence school districts and states.  And we seek to influence wider public opinion and policy-makers to create policy conditions conducive to the creation and sustenance of schools that enact CES principles.   To these ends, we have established four organizational goals.
We envision a world in which all children receive the nurturance, guidance, and resources they need to reach their fullest potential.
Our mission is to create and sustain equitable, intellectually vibrant, personalized schools and to make such schools the norm of American public education.
Theory of Action
We seek to increase the number of schools that adopt the CES mission of becoming intellectually vibrant, personalized, and equitable through enacting the CES Common Principles. We seek to increase the number of regional centers that have the capacity to support schools in this work.
We seek to improve the work of the schools that have already dedicated themselves to more completely enacting CES principles, with particular focus on creating more equitable schools. We seek to improve the work of the centers that support schools in our network.
We seek to improve the dissemination and exchange of knowledge and practices that enhance schools' capacity to become more intellectually vibrant, personalized, and equitable. We seek to improve the dissemination and exchange of ideas that enhance centers' capacity to support schools.
We seek to influence public policy and public opinion to create a policy environment which is more conducive to the creation of equitable, personalized, intellectually vibrant schools.

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