Alan Blankstein’s Failure Is Not an Option outlines six focus areas that, when fulfilled, can result in student success and teacher enthusiasm:

1. Common mission, vision, values, and goals

2. Ensuring achievement for all students: systems for prevention and intervention

3. Collaborative teaming focused on teaching for learning

4. Data-based decision making for continuous improvement

5. Gaining active engagement from family and community

6. Building sustainable leadership capacity

About the Author:

Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura