this deepening of our work mean we will no longer work with issues
dealing with covenants, governance, and action research?
continue to work with covenants, governance, and action research but
they will be used as tools to fucs on the creation, implementation,
and assessment of democratic learning. Richard Elmore, in referring
to schools that have been successful in schoolwide efforts to improve
students learning, wrote: The schools that seem to do the best
are those that have a clear idea about what kind of instructional
practice they want to produce, and then design a structure to go with
it. Following Elmore's advice, we want member schools to first
reach a collective agreement about implementing democratic learning
in their classrooms and then design covenants, governance structures
and action research procedures to support this effort. This puts democratic
learning at the center of our work and defines covenants, governance,
and action research as supportive means to an end.