Aspiration Briefs

This series of papers offers basic overviews of the key components of our Aspirations Framework.

  • The Aspirations Framework outlines a way to recognize and develop aspirations, while trusting in the professional judgment of educators and insights of students to decide what concrete actions are best for their school. This paper outlines the research-based set of principles and conditions that define this framework, yet does not provide a prescription for implementation.

  • We define Aspirations as the ability to dream and set goals for the future while being inspired in the present to reach those dreams - both dreaming and doing. These two aspects (dreaming and doing) provide us with a visual quadrant, the Aspirations Profile, presented in this paper.

  • This paper outlines the 3 Guiding Principles, which provide educators with a practical model that can be used to guide professional experiences, from the individual classroom to the entire school staff. If professional development, goal setting, and evaluation support each of the Guiding Principles, teachers will be more likely to achieve professional and personal success.

  • The 8 Conditions That Make a Difference™ help all members of the school community implement and live out the 3 Guiding Principles. Based on more than three decades of research, the 8 Conditions are outlined in this paper.