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

Laura Ascione
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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. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura