The bravEd way

We’ve always known school accountability was broken.

We also knew fixing it would take courage, commitment — and a plan.

At bravEd, we’re convening a mission-driven network of school leaders to rethink the formal, top-down accountability structures that for years have discouraged innovation and turned our stakeholders into liabilities in favor of a new model of school performance built on research, collaboration and a mutual foundation of trust.

Our True Accountability™ framework invites forward-thinking school leaders to participate in a burgeoning national movement that puts parents and students at the center of our work, provides a replicable process for developing and applying an entirely new, more compassionate system of school accountability and offers coaching, resources and tactical support to move your district from concept to a functioning, sustainable and truly transformative system in months, not years.

Experience this work as part of a cohort with other districts, or take it on yourself, with a full district-wide implementation.

About John

I’m glad you’re here.

For more than 30 years, I have conducted research and written books on the topic of accountability. I’ve worked with hundreds of school districts in nearly every state, advised corporations and nonprofits. No matter where I go, my work always brings me back to the classroom — and to one essential question: why are we intent on making this work so hard?

Our schools are in crisis. Yet, as leaders, we inexplicably cling to the same broken systems and metrics that have been holding us back for the last 30 years.

It’s crazy. And it stops today.

Our True Accountability™ framework was created to help school leaders rethink the very definition of school performance. Rather than anchor our evaluations in outdated compliance-based models, we’ve endeavored to create a benefits-based system that encourages innovation and invites change, evolving in lockstep with the shifting dynamics of our schools and their communities.

At bravEd our mission is simple: to have the courage to rebuild the system one school and conversation at a time. We cannot offer learning experiences that change the world, unless we are prepared to hold ourselves accountable and prepared to empower our stakeholders to do exactly that.

I sincerely hope you’ll consider joining me and our ever-growing network of school district partners in this bold and necessary work.

If you’re interested in learning more about our system and how it’s different, I’d be happy to walk you through the process and show you what other districts like yours are doing. Simply drop me a note by clicking the button below. Our regional cohorts and district-wide implementation models are filling up fast.

I hope to hear from you.

John Tanner

Founder, braveEd
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True Accountability
July 24, 2021

The Path to True Accountability™

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True Accountability
September 18, 2020

True Accountability in Schools – start here

I finally managed to squeeze a description of True Accountability onto a single page. You can download it here: True-Accountability-System-in-SchoolsDownload I've included the text below as well. John Organizational accountability…
True Accountability
September 8, 2020

14 True Accountability FAQs

The following was derived from an interview and converted into this FAQ. 1. What is Accountability: The systems and processes used for building trust with your primary stakeholders. 2. Who…