8 Conditions

Based on more than three decades of research, the 8 Conditions That Make a Difference help educators strive for and fulfill their professional and collegial promise by emphasizing relationships, engaged learning, and sense of purpose. School staff live out the 3 Guiding Principles through the 8 Conditions in the following ways:


GUIDING PRINCIPLE 1: SELF-WORTH


Belonging

Knowing you are a valued member of a community while still maintaining your uniqueness.

Heroes

People who inspire you to excel and make positive changes in attitude and performance.

Sense of Accomplishment

Being recognized for effort, perseverance, and collegiality.


GUIDING PRINCIPLE 2: ENGAGEMENT


Fun & Excitement

Enjoying what you are doing as you are intellectually engaged and emotionally involved.

Curiosity & Creativity

Asking "Why?" and "Why not?" about the world around you.

Spirit of Adventure

Being excited to try new things without the fear of failure or success.


GUIDING PRINCIPLE 3: PURPOSE


Leadership & Responsibility

Cultivating accountability for the classroom environment and school community.

Confidence to Take Action

Believing you can make a difference in your school.


As educators work to integrate the 8 Conditions into the daily fabric of their schools, it is essential that students and staff work as partners. Learn more about school voice and its relationship to the Aspirations Framework.