Socrates once said the secret of change is to focus all your energy on building the new. Change is letting go of the past but that wisdom means you have to know what to release in order to create a better tomorrow! Change requires listening intently to one another so that the newly constructed plan develops together. It is said that a rising tide lifts all ships. Let’s lift our schools as one. Education is rapidly transforming from the 19th- century structures to the 21st- century, and the rising tide must lift everyone in the school together to create common outcomes for all students. Socrates would say that the time is now to create a new system. Changing how we teach, and the spaces we utilize, at the same time we are working with new curricula that transform how kids learn is challenging! Reality is that the fits and stops of the change process create stress, fear, and insecurity. And these fears can create walls that build bigger divides, leaving more kids behind, and more stressed teachers. The Principal needs to look at how the whole school culture understands and supports the necessary changes. In essence, if we believe, teachers and administrators are the leaders of learning, the cultural structures need to support the curricular changes. Recently, I heard Michael Fullan speak about leadership at the Midwest Principal’s Center. He explained that schools need to “re-culture in order to restructure” for these big shifts to succeed. The CCSS commonly known as the Common Core State Standards will create the radical changes necessary for our kids’ future success if we do it right! Here are three processes leaders must consider. First, there is a need to identify the social capital to make the shifts. What mindsets, curricular structures, and habits support the change? Then, we need to identify the ones that can be discarded. For example, we know how important it is to teach the whole child. Research demonstrates that teaching the whole child raises academic success by 11 percent. How will we teach social-emotional skills? How do we create a common language within the school community to communicate common expectations and rules? Many questions begin to emerge. Our questions and mindsets create the community in which we live. How do we create a responsive school environment? How do we create students who work interdependently? How will we teach students to set goals, track their successes, and celebrate their growth? Knowing who our students are as learners personalizes learning. How do our interactions with students need to change? Do we really believe that all children can learn? What teaching strategies do we need to use? How will we empower children to know themselves as learners? These questions need to be developed by the stakeholders so that they have ownership and fidelity in the outcomes that propels the system. Our mindsets and questions create the culture in which we live.