The answer to school underperformance, according to Cathy Lassiter, is the intrinsic motivation of educators. Her three secrets are that humans are driven internally to seek purpose and conquer challenges; that consistent implementation of a few vital behaviors within the school environment can change teaching outcomes dramatically, and that cooperation and collaboration are evolutionary. Her truths: teaching talent makes the difference; leaders can't do it alone; and data and accountability are critical friends.
Cathy J.Lassiter has 29 years of experience as a school principal, central office administrator, and educational consultant. She lives in Chesapeake, VA.