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A Path to Benefits-Based Accountability™ for K-12 Schools

Join the movement - and take a student-centric approach to school performance.

Instructor: John Tanner

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Overview

John Tanner is one of the nation’s foremost voices on school accountability. His bravEd Benefits-Based Accountability Framework™ was designed to help school district teams embrace a system of school performance that puts students and community stakeholders, and not test scores, first. Sign up today.

Dates

Dates TBD

Cost

Cost TBD

Cost

District-level and school administrators will benefit most from this cohort, all are welcome.

Meet your instructor

John Tanner is one of the nation’s foremost voices on school accountability. His bravEd Benefits-Based Accountability Framework™ was designed to help school district teams embrace a system of school performance that puts students and community stakeholders, and not test scores, first. Sign up today.

The Experience

Here’s what to expect when your school team joins braveEd’s nationwide Benefits-Based Accountability™ movement.

Monthly virtual learning conversations

Meet monthly to define common terms, challenge prevailing misconceptions and systematically construct a more empathetic and measurable framework for true school accountability.

Project-based onsite 'doing' workshops

Break into small groups for a series of coordinated learnings to solve problems of practice and move school and district accountability plans from concept to action.

Available collaboration & coaching

John and his team will meet virtually as needed to offer advice, discuss sensitive topics and model effective evidence-based accountability practices.

Plus, a copy of John's latest book

Additionally, all participants will receive a copy of John's latest book, Accountability Mindset: a blueprint for a worthwhile educational accountability.

The Outcomes

A Benefits-Based Accountability Mindset starts with you and your schools being able to do the following four steps over and over, with ease.

1. Use the vocabulary
2. Center everything around student benefits
3. Shape your school for the future, not the past
4. Tell your truths, in a language your stakeholders understand

The result is an accountability environment that is good for your students, understood by their parents, and embraced by communities.

What educators are saying...

"Through the work with John, our district teachers, administrators, and students feel empowerment that inspires. It is refreshing and exciting, especially in the face of increasing challenges from the compliance-driven focus of state accountability."

Jana Rueter, EdD

Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum & Instruction San Angelo Independent School District

"The Benefits-Based Accountability Framework provides a truly comprehensive method for communicating all that a school and district is doing to meet the needs of students and the community."

Craig Harper

Executive Director Professional Association of Georgia Educators

"Tanner gets it. If we want to change the work we do and change the results we get, we need to change the system. Changing our current system requires we find a new box to think inside of. John has created a compelling design for a new box."

Doug Christensen

Former Nebraska Commissioner of Education; Professor of Leadership in Education, Graduate Division Doane College

Choose from three different levels of engagement

Primer Cohort

Learning Efforts

Accountability Mindset Book

Doing Team Efforts

Collaboration & Coaching

Board Training

New Admin/Board Induction

Working Cohort

Learning Efforts

Accountability Mindset Book

Doing Team Efforts

Collaboration & Coaching

Board Training

New Admin/Board Induction

District Model

Learning Efforts

Accountability Mindset Book

Doing Team Efforts

Collaboration & Coaching

Board Training

New Admin/Board Induction

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the bravEd Benefits-Based Accountability Framework?

    Created by nationally recognized data scientist, writer and speaker John Tanner, the bravEd Benefits-Based Accountability Framework™ replaces outdated compliance-based school performance models, with a benefits-based approach that accounts for circumstances inside and outside of school that impact a child’s education. Educators can use the framework, which include 31 distinct benefits, to help evaluate, measure and communicate about different school-based accountability systems.

    Why adopt the bravEd Benefits-Based Accountability Framework™?

    As schools struggle to close achievement gaps forced wider by a global pandemic, educators desperately need a reliable system and process by which to accurately measure school performance. But traditional accountability measures are broken — and have been for years. The bravEd Benefits-Based Accountability Framework™ exposes and systematically removes inherent biases found in traditionally compliance-based school accountability frameworks in favor of a benefits-based approach, with focus on future improvements.

    What’s included in this program?

    The Benefits-Based Accountability Framework™ includes a combination of guided and team-based exercises, including scheduled learning conversations, a series of timed project-based ‘doing’ workshops, available collaboration & coaching sessions and copy of John Tanner’s latest book. The process is designed to get educators talking about traditional accountability systems, to identify what’s working and what’s not, and develop a new, more holistic system to more accurately measure and reflect modern-day school performance.

    Who should participate?

    The bravEd Benefits-Based Accountability Framework™ was designed specifically for school leaders and internal and external teams. The program can be packaged and delivered to select members of a school district’s leadership team, or scaled out to teachers and staff and community leaders as part of a comprehensive district-wide implementation.

    How will this help my team?

    The Benefits-Based Accountability Framework™ helps school leaders by exposing long-held biases in traditional K-12 accountability frameworks and providing an alternative, benefits-based system that better reflects the future needs and circumstances of individual students, parents and other stakeholders. Team members have an opportunity to learn about and embrace a mindset of Benefits-Based Accountability™, while workshopping problems of practice to implement a system that reflects the unique needs and challenges of their local communities.

    What if my state already has a letter-based system?

    You’re not alone. Though bravEd’s Benefits-Based Accountability Framework™ cannot replace these largely compliance-based systems, it can give you a parallel mindset and approach by which to be accountable to your stakeholder community by focusing on the evidence, benefits and forward-thinking school performance measures that they expect and that you need to make real improvements.

    How can I participate?

    If you’re interested in bringing a system of Benefits-Based Accountability™ to your school or district, you can request more information, including a detailed syllabus and proposal for your team. Simply follow the button at the top or bottom of this page. Once you submit your information, you’ll receive a call from our partnership coordinator who can walk you through the registration process and answer any questions you may have.