Doing what it takes

Work relentlessly

Recognizing the high stakes for their students, successful teachers assume personal responsibility for dramatic student learning, even when it means going far beyond traditional expectations. These teachers think and act creatively to navigate and overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, increase the time and resources available for student learning, and sustain their efforts over time.

Key Elements of Working Relentlessly

When faced with the inevitable challenges that plague the underresourced schools where the achievement gap is at its worst, teachers must respond not by giving up or making excuses but instead by asking, “How am I going to navigate these challenges for the sake of my students?” As they seek to maximize their impact on their students’ achievement, they: