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Transforming

The CGC is drawing a line under broken models of schooling. We’re replacing rhetoric with reality via radical simplicity. Here are our Guiding Principles:

From Rules to Principles
We believe that great schools are framed by a few powerful shared principles, not constrained by multiple rules. Within those principles, individuals have personal freedom of interpretation.

From Complexity to Clarity
Schooling has become absurdly over-complicated. We waste enormous amounts of energy on activities that have little learning impact. The CGC strips away layers of useless bureaucracy so that we can focus on improving the quality of learning and life in schools. 

From Compliance to Co-Creation
We have no interest in adding to the hoop-jumping that saps the energies of schools. We do not authorize, we co-create. We have no ambition to be IN authority over schools. We aspire to be AN authority on learning, to help schools. We collaborate actively with accrediting agencies. We don’t try to replace them.

From Extrinsic Control to Intrinsic Self-regulation
We don’t believe you can control people into quality. We work with students, teachers, parents, leaders, boards and schools to provide them with the time, teamwork, training and tools to self-regulate towards outstanding learning.

From Silos to Systems
‘Mind the Gap’… indeed. Schools are often more gap than connection. Gaps between school sections, between ‘school learning’ and real-world contexts, between learners, teachers, parents and leaders, between disciplines, between what we promise and what we deliver. CGC closes gaps, creating one coherent, connected Learning Ecosystem. We then work with all learning stakeholders to create one connected learning community…the school itself as an organic, evolving Ecosystem.

From Exclusivity to Inclusivity
We believe that everyone can learn, given the right kinds of support. We see strength in diversity and believe that schools should reflect the diversity we find in a normal, healthy human community. 

From Outputs to Impacts
There’s a tendency for schools to ‘get busy’, to chase every silver bullet, and an urge to produce ‘outputs’ to prove our productivity. In CGC we focus on doing a few things well, prioritizing those actions that will have optimal IMPACT on student learning, expressed through the demonstrable changes in learning that we want to see.

From Or to And
It’s not tradition OR innovation. It’s not the old basics OR the new basics. It’s not rigor OR inclusion. It’s not conceptual understanding OR content coverage. It’s not inquiry OR direct instruction. It’s not dogma. It’s smart, balanced, purposeful decision-making that draws from multiple sources to achieve the learning impacts we’ve identified. It’s not about OR, it’s about AND.

That's it, then. Transforming education through a few guiding principles driven by the CGC's simple mission...Everybody Learns.