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The Accountability Mindset

A course designed to help build a Benefits-Based mindset in educators everywhere

How it works

  1. The Accountability Mindset was designed for schools and districts that are engaged in a Cohort or have completed the Cohort process, but all are welcome to participate.

  2. Educators can participate either individually or through a group license.

  3. Each educator creates an account in the bravEdWay Learning Portal, and enrolls in the Master Class, either by paying directly or, if a part of group license, by entering a code that provides access.

  4. Each educator is then free to proceed through the six modules at their own pace, as part of a Professional Learning Community, or as each sees fit.

  5. Twice a year the author of the course and bravEd founder, John Tanner, will hold an online q&a forum that all who are actively enrolled in the Master Class will be invited to attend.

  6. At the conclusion, and following a series of short tests, a Certificate is awarded and, if the educator is part of a group license, their school or district will be notified. 

Course Modules

#1: What Does it Mean to be Accountable?

Accountability can be a bit of a daunting subject, but it doesn't need to be. Once you understand its proper role in the life of educator, it can be a great tool for enhancing the profession.

#4. Accountability and Leadership

Did you know that accountability is actually a discipline of leadership? Knowing that can make all the difference in the world, because whatever title or role you may have, whether teacher or superintendent, the fact that you entered education as a professional qualifies you as a leader.

#2. Common, Shared Vocabularies

Trust is a critical word in any convernsation about accountabilty systems. Trust is the point of any worthwhile system. So why does educational accountability feel so far removed from s

#5. Where Testing Fits

We don't address testing until after we all have a clear sense of the bigger issues behind how educational accountability is done and how it should be done. But we do need to address it and demystify it so that you have strategies for how to best deal with it.

#3. Types ofAccountability

There are different forms of accountability that are as different as night and day. Knowing that will make all the difference in the world, and will help show why the current educational accountability system feels so strange 

#6. The Role of Interpretation & Evidence

In our last session we will learn how best to speak of our highly technical work in a way that will make sense to the world. Doing that is the only way we create the relationship of trust that is at the heart of every worthwhile accounting.

Our Accountability Mindset Course was designed after a number of requests for how to best introduce the idea of a Benefits-Based Accountability to all members of a school or district. Its audience is educators. The Course is a six-session on-line self-paced experience that concludes with a certificate indicating a readiness to engage in Benefits-Based work.

One of the things that happens in schools and districts that take a Benefits-Based approach to accountability is that the role of each educator is elevated and empowered, in particular the role of a teacher, as that role is the most relevant for determining individual student needs, and those needs are at the heart of what it means to deliver a benefit.

While our initial audience for the Course was educators in a school or district doing the work, it can add capacity to any educator's professional efforts. We invite all to participate.

The Course is our newest offering. It will be available Fall 2023.

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