“…I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.” – William Butler Yeats
This blog was created to provide an additional channel for sharing our thoughts, reflections, and ideas, as well as inspire dialogue and discussion as we shape the CCI story together. The name, Treading Softly comes from the last line of Yeats’ poem, "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven,” which educational reformer Sir Ken Robinson used in his 2014 TED Talk as a call for a thoughtful reexamination of education and a reminder that we are working with our students' dreams.
For the sake of our students’ dreams, we must think boldly and tread softly.
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